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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications, Photos by Erich Eichhorn – ISN

September 29, 2012, VICTORIA – The annual University of Victoria Vikes alumni basketball games took place on Friday, the opening day of the University’s 50th anniversary home coming weekend. The Vikes women downed their alumni counter-parts by a score of 81-44, while the alumni men gained a lead through a close battle in the final minute of the game, defeating the current Vikes squad 73-68.

The alumni women’s team had return from 1996-2001 trio Janet McLachlan, Kim Johnson and Lindsay Brooke. Johnson scored 11 points in the game, while McLachlan, a current Canadian wheelchair basketball Olympian, put up 10 points. Recently graduated Vike Jane Anholt was also competing and contributed 11 points.

The alumni women also had former Vikes Melissa Edwards, Carmen Lapthorne and Kristine Salmon, while current Vikes assistant coach Leanne Evans and red shirtsKendra Arnold and Emily Jentsch, helped boost numbers on the bench.

Uvic Vikes Mascot would try a half time game of wheel chair basketball to entertain the crowd during the alumni game Friday night – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Vikes women were led by veteran guard Debbie Yeboah (Winnipeg, MB), who tallied 20 points – three of which were from outside the arc. Vikes rookie Nicole Karstein (Kamloops, BC) added 12 points, while Jessica Renfrew (Victoria, BC) contributed 15.

Chelsea McMullen drives to the hoop contested – – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

In the men’s alumni game, a back-and-forth battle was seen throughout the whole game as the alumni squad had return from several familiar faces. Former CIS All-Canadian Chris Trumpy re-kindled with his No. 12 jersey one more time and contributed 11 points, while former-Vike Brandon Ellis was all over the court to end the game with 18 points.

Alumni Kim Johnson shoots the perimeter 3-point attempt against an unsuspecting Vikes defense – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

Also competing for the alumni men was two-time CIS Player of the Year Eric Hinrichsen, as well as Tyler Hass, Rob Kinnear, Reagan Daly and recently graduated Zac Andrus (Vashon Island, WA). The alumni side also had familiar staff patrolling the sidelines, including former Vikes coach Ian Hyde-Lay, as well as long-time manager Linda Komoto.

1st year Alumni Zac Andrus would give the young Vikes defense trouble with his non-stop action as he drives past Vikes guard Vijay Dhillon – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The current Vikes squad were led by veteran Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.), who posted 21 points, three of which were three pointers. The Vikes played to a 68-68 score line until the final 30 seconds of the match. Forward Kinnear put a basket in off a set play following a time out to give the alumni the lead. A late foul by the Vikes sent Ellis to the line on bonus, pushing the alumni 73-68 over the current Vikes.

Alumni Chris Trumpy elevates over Michael Acheampong driving to the hoop – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

At half time of the men’s game, McLachlan led an entertaining wheelchair basketball exhibition demo. Current Vikes women Renfrew and Yeboah competed along side mascot Thunder and several Canadian wheelchair basketball team members.

Alumni Zac Andrus drives the baseline past #10 Mack Roth – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )

The Vikes women and men continue their preparation for their Canada West season, which begins Nov. 2-3 at McKinnon Gym. All games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv