By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 10, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team will host the Seattle Mountaineers of the American Basketball Association on Oct. 12 on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at the McKinnon Gymnasium.
The exhibition game will be the fourth pre-season match up for the Vikes men as they look to prepare for their Canada West campaign that begins on Nov. 2-3.
The Vikes men are still on the hunt for their first pre-season win after conceding losses to Eastern Washington University, Bishop’s University and in their alumni friendly match. The Vikes lost 77-58 to a veteran Eagles team, while the Gaiters downed the Vikes 59-52. Despite the losses, the Vikes are using their pre-season to find the right combinations on the court and are largely looking towards a few key roles to step up in absence of three starters lost to graduation from the 2011-12 season.
The lone fifth-years on the team are Michael Acheampong (Toronto, ON) and Pierce Anderson (Calgary, AB), who have already been dominating players for the Vikes. Acheampong led the Vikes in scoring in their opening game against Eastern Washington contributing 16 points, while Anderson has been key under the boards all pre-season.
Fourth-year Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) has also been in the top-two in scoring for the Vikes’ big games this season so far. The six-foot-four forward posted 14 points in the Vikes’ opening game against Eastern Washington and 16 points against Bishop’s.
The pre-season has given Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp a better look at three newcomers to the team. Guard Kyle Peterson of Edmonton, guard and Camosun Chargers B.C. college transfer Brandon Dunlop of Victoria, and guard Brin Taylor of Edmonton have all seen time on the court so far.
The Seattle Mountaineers compete in the Pacific North West Division of the American Basketball Association and are coached by Don Sims. The Mountaineers have already tasted Canada West competition after losing a double header to the UBC-Okanagan Heat and to the Trinity Western Spartans. Against the Heat, the Mountaineers lost 87-84 on Sept. 22 and 97-82 on Sept. 23. The Moutaineers also conceded a 85-79 loss to the Spartans on Oct. 2.
The Mountaineers are led by six-foot-eight center Franklin Igbekoyi who has been 15 for 25 in field goal attempts for the past three pre-season games. Also contributing strongly on the board is six-foot-three guard Chris Weakley, who ties Igbekoyi with 38 points thus far in the pre-season. The Mountaineers also boast point guard Marques Ewell, who is one of the team’s strongest two-way players on the court.
The Vikes and Mountaineers are set to tip off on Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at the McKinnon Gymnasium. The game will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv