By Andy Watson, Vikes Communications
Photos by Erich Eichhorn (www.allsportmedia.ca)
VICTORIA (iISN) – Terrell Evans of Las Vegas scored 21 points to lead the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team to a gutsy 68-61 win over the Calgary Dinos to force a third and final game in the best-of-three Canada West quarter-final series.
The winner will advance to the Canada West Final Four in Saskatoon March 2-3 along with the host Saskatchewan Huskies, the Alberta Golden Bears and the Fraser Valley Cascades, all winners of their respective quarter-final series.
“We just knew we had to put it all out there and that we had to come together tonight to win,” Evans said. “We really needed this and we knew we could do it. We know we are capable of being great and we get another chance to show what we have tomorrow.”
Game 3 will be played tomorrow, Sunday Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at McKinnon Gymnasium. Tickets will be on sale in Room 179 McKinnon before the game.
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson of Winnipeg led the Dinos with 17 points, along with four assists, two steals and seven rebounds. Fifth-year Calgary post Boris Bakovic of Toronto added 13 points and 14 rebounds. Despite second-half foul trouble, Calgary native Tyler Fidler also netted 14 points, adding four blocks and five rebounds.
Zac Andrus, a fifth-year Vikes guard and native of Vashon Island, Wa., was the other Vike in double-digit scoring, registering 10 points, three assists, three steals and 11 rebounds. His performance was a major reason for UVic’s 40-16 edge on points in the paint. It was also UVic’s third double-double in 2011-12.
Vike graduate Zac Andrus challenged the Dino’s big men in the paint often on way to a 68-61 win Saturday night at MacKinnon Gym – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Ten of the Vikes 11 players scored and everyone had a positive stat, showing the depth the Vikes are capable of displaying.
A number of players stepped up to provide a spark, one that ended Calgary’s seven-game winning streak.
In the first quarter, rookie Reiner Thiel of North Vancouver hammered a three-pointer on the final possession of the period made it 18-11 for UVic.
Forward Chris McLaughlin of Oakville drained his first three-pointer of the season on a great pass from Andrus, rolling off a screen and delivered on an open look. Following the shot, Bakovic picked up a technical and Evans sank both shots on the ensuing foul-shots from the line to extend the lead to 27-16. UVic made a stop at the defensive end and then Reese Pribilsky of Victoria torpedoed a trey to give UVic what would be its largest lead of the game at 30-16 midway through the second quarter.
But unfortunately for Vikes fans, for the second straight night, UVic could not put distance on the Dinos. Calgary went on an impressive 9-0 run over 4:43 to close the opening half, cutting the lead to 32-27 for the Vikes.
#8 Terrell Evans would assert himself on the boards early helping the Vikes jump out to an early 7 point lead in the 1st period – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In the third quarter, Evans exploded out of the gate, ending the five-minute Vikes scoring drought with the first bucket of the second quarter to restore a seven-point UVic lead.
In fact, Evans spurred UVic on a 10-point run in the opening three minutes of the third quarter before Calgary went on a 13-3 run over four minutes to retake the lead.
The Vikes luck started after an Andrus trey, then Berg converted on a low-post hook-shot to make it a 10-point lead at 39-29. But back-to-back threes from Keenan Milburn of Royston, B.C., and Fidler cut the host’s lead to 41-37, then to 42-40. Ogungbemi-Jackson and Bakovic hit back-to-back shots to give Calgary the lead again, 50-46 after three quarters.
UVic dug deep though. Facing elimination and trailing entering the fourth, they outscored the Dinos 22-11 in the frame to force Game 3.
Terrell Evans slashes to the hoop late in the contest to help put the game on ice – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
It started off poorly, though, after Bakovic gave Calgary their largest lead of the contest in the opening minute at 52-46.
But a spectacular, momentum-changing Evans steal turned into a Vkes two-on-one, give-and-go with Pribilsky. Evans connected and gave the Vikes life, cutting the lead to 52-51. Then Evans pulled down a defensive rebound on the next series. It led to Ryan MacKinnon tying the game from the line at 52 with eight minutes remaining. The fifth-year guard from Comox, B.C., then hit with the shot-clock expiring to make it 54-52, and the team then played great defence to force a Calgary turnover. The Vikes never trailed again. MacKinnon finished with nine points, four assists and a steal.
Fidler got into foul trouble and Calgary picked up its fourth team foul with over six minutes remaining in the game. The Vikes outscored the Dinos 16-0 in the paint in the final quarter.
Up by 10 points with 90 seconds remaining, UVic played stellar defence to close out. The Dinos were forced to foul the Vikes, and UVic scored its final points from the charity stripe.
Vikes basketball fans, young and old, relished in Uvic’s gutsy win Saturday night in game 2 agianst the Calgary Dinos – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
AROUND THE CANADA WEST: Saskatchewan swept Trinity Western by scores of 98-83 in Game 1 and 111-97 in Game 2 to win their Canada West quarter-final series 2-0. As the highest seed, the Huskies will host the Final Four… Alberta swept the UBC Thunderbirds by scores of 79-69 in Game 1 and 91-68 in Game 2 to advance to the Final 4… Fraser Valley came back after losing Game 1 87-78 to Lethbridge to win Game 2 74-66 on Friday night and the third and deciding Game 3 69-68 on a Joel Friesen three-pointer at the buzzer.
SCORING BY QUARTER
1 2 3 4 – T
CGY 11 16 23 11 – 61
UVIC 18 14 14 22 – 68