The UBC Thunderbirds couldn’t take any momentum from Friday to Saturday and now their season is on the line today.The T-Birds face the host Alberta Golden Bears in the deciding game this afternoon (4 p.m.) of their best-of-three Canada West semifinal in Edmonton after losing 92-86 there to Alberta on Saturday.
Coach Kevin Hanson and the rest of the UBC Thunderbirds need a win today to keep their season alive.
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UBC, who had won the opener Friday in Edmonton by a 74-62 count, were down 46-26 at halftime on Saturday. In that first half, they shot a mere 32.1 per cent from the floor (9-for-28), including 18.8 per cent (3-for-16) from three-point range. They were just 35.7 per cent (5-for-14) from the free-throw line in those first two quarters.UBC outscored Alberta 35-17 in the fourth quarter to make things a little more interesting. They got it to 89-85 on a three-pointer by guard Manroop Clair with 0:40 remaining, but would come no closer.Guard Jadon Cohee finished with 22 points in the losing cause, leading five T-Birds in double figures.Forward Brody Clarke led five Golden Bears in double figures with 22 points.Alberta is ranked fifth in U Sports, UBC sixth. The winners play the Calgary Dinos, who are ranked second and swept the Saskatchewan Huskies in their semifinal.Alberta (15-5) finished second in the Canada West regular season and UBC (17-3) was third. The placings are based on ratings percentage index, which takes into account strength of schedule, along with win/loss record.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email firstname.lastname@example.org