A win tonight for UBC gives them the best-of-three semifinal set and sends them to the Canada West finaleThe UBC Thunderbirds, who lost the opener of their Canada West best-of-three quarterfinal on their home floor, won the first game of their semifinal set on the road.The T-Birds can advance tonight (6 p.m. start) to the championship series with a win over the host Alberta Golden Bears in Edmonton after beating the Golden Bears 74-62 on Friday on their turf.Game 3, if necessary, would be Sunday in Edmonton.UBC lost Game 1 of the quarterfinals against the Fraser Valley Cascades by a 92-79 count at War Memorial before responding with 85-58 and 85-73 victories at the venerable UBC facility.On Friday, UBC got out to 10-0 and 18-3 leads. They carried a 31-25 margin into the halftime intermission. Alberta battled back and trailed only 56-53 when Brody Clarke made a pair of free throws with 5:32 to go in the game, but UBC went on a 7-0 run to go up 63-53 and take back the momentum.Guard Jadon Cohee had 20 points and seven rebounds for UBC, while forward Patrick Simon added 18 points and 11 rebounds.Clarke, a forward, had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a losing cause.“Pat’s a senior guy and he played like a senior guy should. Not only did he hit some big shots, but he also played great defence on Brody (Clarke) as well,” T-Birds coach Kevin Hanson told reporters later. “Brody took it to us last time. He was hitting everything and he made us pay, but you have to defend him as a team. You can’t defend him one-on-one, because he’s such a load.”Alberta shot 30.4 per cent (21-for-69) from the floor, while UBC was good on 42.4 per cent (25-for-59).Alberta, the No. 5 ranked team in U Sports, swept a weekend doubleheader against No. 6 UBC in Edmonton to close out the regular season three weeks ago, winning 85-75 and 87-79.Alberta (15-5) was the second-place team in Canada West, while UBC (17-3) was third. Placings are based on ratings percentage index, which takes strength of schedule into account along with win-loss record.The Calgary Dinos (20-0) finished first and they opened semifinals on Friday with a 117-77 win over the fourth-place Saskatchewan Huskies (11-9).