Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)The loud and boisterous UVic fans went home happy after Zac Andrus gathered in a missed 3 point attemptby teammate Ryan McKinnon and deposited it in the bucket as the horn sounded to win the game 77-75 for the Vikes over the Thompson Rivers Wolfpack.
In what can best be described as ‘One hell of a basketball game’, both teams came prepared to play with the lead changing 14 times throughout the night.
UVic’s Michael Acheampong soars past TRU’s Justin King in CIS Canada West action on Friday night.
A determined Wolfpack got out to an early 16-14 lead after the first quarter but the Vikes dug down and outscored their opponents in the second to go into the halftime break up by 1.
Both teams battled hard in the third quarter, knocking down 23 points each, to head into the final frame 56-55 Vikes.
Akeem Pierre of the TRU Wolfpack grabs up loose ball from UVic’s Mike Berg.
Vikes’ Reese Pribilsky breaks up court past Wolfpack’s Akeem Pierre during Friday night’s CIS Canada West game at McKinnon Gym.
Things looked to be going the Vikes way in the fourth quarter as they held a 7 point lead withsix minutes to play but the Wolfpack’s leading scorer Justin King poured in 4 straight free throws to tie the game at 72-72 with 35.4 seconds left to play.
Vikes Fans show their true colors.
The Vikes went back on top after Andrus nailed a 3 pointer but the Wolfpack wouldn’t go away. King tied it back up again when he drained a shot from the top of the key then added a free throw for being fouled on the play. King was 14-15 from the line on the night.
The Vikes got the ball to McKinnon who launched a 3 point attempt that was off the mark, Andrus scooped in and grabbed the rebound and layed it in for the victory.
Zac Andrus is swarmed by teammates after scoring the winning basket for the UVic Vikes.
The elated Vikes fans poured onto Ken and Kathy Shields Court to celebrate with the team as they move to 5-0 on the season and top spot in the CIS Canada West – West Division Standings.
King led all scorers with 35 points and 13 rebounds while McKinnon led the Vikes with 18 points and Andrus finished with 16.
The Vikes and Wolfpack are back at it tonight at McKinnon gym at 7:30pm.
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