Third-quarter surge powers Vikes over Seattle Mountaineers

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 13, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes defeated the American Basketball Association’s Seattle Mountaineers 81-48 in exhibition play on Oct. 12 on Ken and Kathy Shields Court at the McKinnon Gymnasium. The Vikes men out-shot the Mountaineers 25-8 in the third quarter to win their first pre-season match of the 2012-13 season.

Dover Bay Secondary graduate Ted Neilson (Nanaimo) led the way for the Vikes, as the six-foot-six forward came off the bench to lead the team with 17 points and chipped in six rebounds, while going two-for-two from outside the arc. Fourth-year forward Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) added 15 points, was eight-for-eight from the line and added five rebounds.

For the Mountaineers, Marcus Bradford came off the bench to score 14 points, while Chris Weakley, of Birmingham, Alta., added 11 points. Weakley drained three treys and was perfect from the free-throw line.

Both teams struggled to find their pace in the opening quarter as the Mountaineers matched the Vikes in scoring, only to edge out the home team 17-16 at the first intermission.

The game opened up in the second quarter, as the Vikes out-scored Seattle 18-11 thanks to a seven-point run by Evans and a eight-point run by Neilson. The duo combined for all but one basket in the second quarter. The Mountaineers struggled to find the hoop as the Vikes had key defensive minutes from fifth-year Pierce Anderson (Calgary, AB) and third-year Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON).

The Vikes impressed further by out-scoring the visitors 25-8 in the third quarter, with contributions coming again from Neilson. The second-year drained nine points in the third, including two treys, to propel the Vikes into the fourth quarter with a 59-36 edge.

In the fourth quarter, fourth-year Ryan Erikson (Victoria, B.C.) got comfortable, as the Esquimalt Secondary grad netted nine points for the Vikes. The Vikes men ended the game with a 65.4 per cent success rate from the line, while draining 41.8 per cent of field goal attempts.

The Vikes men ended the game with a 81-48 victory over the Seattle Mountaineers and will now look towards next weekend, Oct. 19-21, where the Vikes will host the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament. The tournament, which occurs every two years, will see CIS basketball competitors, Carleton, Alberta and Lethbridge, play over a three-day span as part of their pre-season.

The Vikes will play Lethbridge on Oct. 19 (8 p.m.), Carleton on Oct .20 (7 p.m.) and Alberta on Oct. 21 (2 p.m.). All games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv

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