Vikes prevail following back-and-forth final quarter shooting

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

October 22, 2012, VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team defeated the 2012 CIS silver medalists, the Alberta Golden Bears, 75-70 in their final game of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament hosted at McKinnon Gymnasium on Sunday. The Vikes picked up a 2-1 record throughout the weekend.

The Vikes men were led in scoring by fifth-year Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.), with 20 points, and fourth-year Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV), with 18 points. The two were perfect from the line and combined for the majority of the Vikes’ fourth-quarter points that gave the Vikes the big win over the defending Canada West champions.

For the Bears, CIS All-Canadian and fourth-year guard Jordan Baker carried his team with 28 points, while rookie Youssef Ouahrig was next in scoring with 10 points.

The Golden Bears came out of the gate early getting a six-point early lead but four points from third-year Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) gave the Vikes the momentum shift they needed to finish the first quarter with a 19-15 edge.

The Vikes men continued their scoring streak in the second quarter, earning as much as a 12-point lead over Alberta despite some sharp shooting from the six-foot-seven Baker. Baker tallied eight points in the second quarter to stay within reach of the Vikes who entered the break with a 39-35 lead.

In the third quarter, the Vikes earned some key points including a three-point basket each from Ryan Erikson (Victoria, B.C.), Acheampong and Evans. The perimeter shooting lifted the Vikes to an eight-point advantage throughout the quarter but Baker combined well with fourth-year Adam Weir to cut the Vikes’ lead to 56-51 entering the final quarter.

Foul trouble for both teams kept the game tight in the final 10 minutes of play as the Vikes earned all seven of their final points on free throws. Alberta’s six-foot-eleven forwardRob Dewar fouled out of the game after being one of the Bears’ strongest rebounders throughout the first three quarters.

The Vikes and Bears traded baskets on multiple occasions, with the Bears stealing the lead with seven minutes to go thanks to two drained free throws and a quick jumper from Baker. Acheampong responded for UVic, as the Vikes trailed 61-60, but a huge bucket from outside the arc by Baker tied the game at 64.

The scoring was end-to-end first when UVic’s Acheampong traded buckets with Alberta’s Ouahrig. Seconds later, the Vikes earned two quick jumpers from Evans and McLaughlin before Alberta’s Kenneth Otieno sunk a quick basket to trail the Vikes 69-68.

It wasn’t until Alberta’s Baker fouled out with 18 seconds to go that the Vikes were able to grab their five-point advantage that would remain at the final whistle. With bo, it was the Vikes who received the opportunity to go six-for-six from the line and defeat the former CIS championship finalists 75-70.

The Vikes end the Guy Vetrie memorial tournament with a 2-1 record, collecting wins from Lethbridge and Alberta and conceding a loss to Carleton. The Vikes will host their final pre-season game on Oct. 24 against Lakehead University at 7 p.m. before hosting UBC Okanagan in their Canada West home openers on Nov. 2-3. All games will be available at http://uvic.canadawest.tv.

SCORING BY QUARTER:

ALB: 15-20-16-19 : 70

VIC: 19-20-17-19 : 75

Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament

  • Oct. 19: Carleton 78 – Alberta 65 
  • Oct. 19: Victoria 80 – Lethbridge 73 
  • Oct. 20: Alberta 77 – Lethbridge 75 
  • Oct. 20: Victoria 63 – Carleton 87 
  • Oct. 21: Lethbridge 73 – Carleton 96 
  • Oct. 21: Victoria 75 – Alberta 70

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