Although they have made two Final 8 national tourney appearances since, UBC Thunderbirds' head coach Kevin Hanson has his team at the event's traditional Halifax site for the first time since it lost in the semifinals back in 2011. It's a first-time trip for star guard Jadon Cohee. (Photo by Bob Frid property of UBC athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
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UBC hoops back in Halifax! On long journey to Final 8 nationals, here’s why you can stamp these underdog ‘Birds as ‘battle-tested’

VANCOUVER — Over the course of a 17-game in-conference win streak which defined its Canada West regular season schedule, it was sometimes difficult to wonder if the UBC Thunderbirds were getting the level of competition which would best serve them on the road towards qualifying for the ultimate challenge.

Fraser Valley Cascades' point guard Parm Bains contends with UNBC Timberwolves' Jovan Leamy (left) and Vaggelis Loukas during Canada West clash earlier this season at the Envision Financial Athletic Centtre in Abbotsford. (Photo by Dan Kinvig property of University of the Fraser Valley athletics 2018. All Rights Reserved)
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The unknown Cascade who made the grade: One big break was all Parm Bains needed to lead UFV hoops in scoring

ABBOTSFORD — He had no team to belong to, and he was running out of dreams to chase. Two years ago, for the first time since he’d given himself to a life in basketball, Parm Bains was a student, and not a student-athlete.