By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
October 19, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes dug themselves out of trouble in the fourth quarter to come back and win 80-73 over the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the second game of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament hosted at UVic in the McKinnon Gymnasium on Friday.
The Vikes trailed by as much as seven points in the fourth quarter. Thanks to some sharp shooting outside the arc from forward Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) the Vikes men climbed back with three late unanswered treys to secure their win. McLaughlin totaled 17 points for the night, while guard Reiner Theil (West Vancouver, B.C.) added 13.
The Pronghorns were led by fourth-year guard Morgan Duce, who put up 21 points, along with fifth-year forward Derek Waldner who tallied 19 points. The Horns only out-shot the Vikes in the third quarter by an eight-point margin.
The Horns struggled coming out of the gate, allowing the Vikes to take a healthy 24-16 jump after the first quarter. Rookie Kyle Peterson (Edmonton) drained an early three during his first minutes on the court and some good free throws sealed by fifth-year Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.) and McLaughlin gave the Vikes the early cushion
Lethbridge veterans Duce and Waldner combined for 10 of the Horns’ 12 second quarter points to trail the Vikes 13-12 in second-quarter scoring. At the end of the first half Duce tallied 11 points, two steals and was perfect from the line.
The Vikes entered the break with what seemed like a comfortable 37-28 lead but third-quarter scoring by the visitors brought the game back within reach. The Pronghorns out-shot the Vikes 25-17 in the third quarter, as Lethbridge nailed four momentum-changing treys, two coming from third-year Chaz Johnson.
The Horns trailed the Vikes by one (54-53) entering the final quarter and took the lead with some good jumpers by Waldner and Johnson. With five minutes left on the clock, the Vikes trailed 66-63 but a great battle through the key and resulting bucket by fourth-year guard Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) proved to be the momentum changer.
Evans’ basket put the Vikes back within one after the Vikes trailed by as much as seven points. Following, that play, the Vikes pushed past the Horns and drained three back-to-back three pointers – two from McLaughlin and one from rookie Brin Taylor (Edmonton).
Under the pressure, the Horns got into foul trouble as fourth-year Alex Fletcher fouled out and bonus loomed for the Vikes. The UVic side picked up an additional six points from the line to secure their 80-73 victory.
The Vikes men will face CIS powerhouse the Carleton Ravens on Oct. 20, who defeated the Alberta Golden Bears in the first game of the tournament by a score of 78-65.
The Vikes and Carleton will tip off at 8 p.m., following Lethbridge vs. Alberta at 5 p.m. Both games are being hosted at the McKinnon Gym and will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv
Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament
Oct. 19: Carleton 78 – Alberta 65
Oct. 19: Victoria 80 – Lethbridge 73
Oct. 20: Alberta vs. Lethbridge (6 p.m.)
Oct. 20: Victoria vs. Carleton (8 p.m.)
Oct. 21: Lethbridge vs. Carleton (12 p.m.)
Oct. 21: Victoria vs. Alberta (2 p.m.)
All times in PST.