SFU's Javari Williams elevates for a dunk as a group of Kwantlen defenders look on. - Brian Jones Photo
You remember the line in the Westside Connection song ‘Gangsta Nation’?
Third verse? Ice Cube… ‘I don’t holla at these hoes that sing like Ashanti/ Body like Beyonce/ Face like Andre (uhhh).’
Well last night’s smackdown that the Simon Fraser University Clan laid on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles had a face like Andre, and after the clock wound down, all I could say was uhhh.
SFU guard Javari Williams goes up for an uncontested two-handed flush against Capilano University on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Williams had 32 points, six rebounds and five assists in the exhibition game. - Brian Jones Photo
Sometimes A lot of the time, waiting until the second half to turn it on doesn’t work. The Capilano Blues found that out the hard way last night.
Sophomore guard Javari Williams poured in 32 points, along with six rebounds and five assists, leading the Simon Fraser University Clan to a 102-81 win over the Capilano University Blues Wednesday night at SFU’s West Gym.
“I really think it was just how the game started, “ said Blues head coach Jordan Yu. “I don’t know if our guys were intimidated or not, but we were not jelling at all in the beginning of the game.”
Second-year UBC forward Tommy Nixon looks to kick it out to the corner as he drives baseline against two Brandon defenders. - Brian Jones Photo
No one is doubting Malcolm Williams anymore.
The UBC Thunderbirds freshman guard gained many critics after a lacklustre performance in the preseason, but after a career-high 19 points, along with five rebounds and four assists in Friday night’s 91-55 blowout of the Brandon Bobcats, Williams is primed to play a big role in this year’s championship-calibre squad.
“We’ve been tough on this group,” said UBC head coach Kevin Hanson. “We’ve set the bar pretty high by going to the national championships eight of the last nine years. Even freshmen coming in, we expect them to be great right away, and sometimes we forget that they’re true freshmen.”