By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
January 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team cruised to a 78-52 win over the now 3-11 Brandon Bobcats on Jan. 19 at McKinnon Gym. The Vikes improve their record to 9-5 and grab back-to-back wins at home this weekend.
Outside shooting seemed to be the trend as Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.) hit five threes to total 18 points. Meanwhile, Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) wasn’t shy under the hoop, as the six-foot-ten forward powered his way to 17 points and four rebounds. The Vikes ended the night with an impressive three-point shooting per centage of 50.
For Brandon, the duo of Jordan Reaves and Ilarion Bonhomme ran the floor, setting each other up for 10 and 9 points, respectively. Kenonte Ramsey had a late scoring surge to tally 10 points, all coming in the fourth.
“I thought we shot the ball really well tonight,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp, after going undefeated this weekend. “Mike (Acheampong) was rewarded for the amount of time he has been putting into the gym and Chris (McLaughlin) had his best offensive game since coming back from injury.”
Fifth-year Acheampong opened the game with a bang draining a long-range shot to get the crowd on their feet as the Vikes went on an 8-0 run before Brandon’s Bonhomme and Reaves were able to capitalize. Closing the quarter Reiner Theil (West Vancouver, B.C.), McLaughlin, and Acheampong hit unanswered treys to end the first quarter with a 20-8 lead.
Six-foot-five Reaves put up a big dunk to help spark the Bobcats along a 10-0 run early in the second. The Vikes regrouped to stretch their lead as Acheampong nailed his third and fourth trey, while Brandon Dunlop (Victoria, BC) and Theil also found some comfort from outside the arc to give the Vikes the 36-21 edge in a half that saw no shooter go to the line.
The home side opened the second half off back-to-back threes from Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV), which turned into a 14-0 streak for the Vikes. The unanswered run was put to bed seven minutes into the third quarter, by Reaves, who drained the first two free throws of the game for the Bobcats. The Vikes hung on to the 54-25 advantage entering the fourth.
The Bobcats came to life in the final quarter, as Ramsey hit two big threes amidst Brandon’s 13-0 run. Ramsey also picked the pocket of Vikes guard Dunlop and sealed the finish with a dunk but it would be Dunlop that later responded with three straight three-pointers to lift the Vikes 78-52 over the Bobcats.
Next weekend, Jan. 25-26 the Vikes will travel to Kamloops to square off in a double header against Thompson Rivers, while the Bobcats will host Saskatchewan for a two-game series. All games will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv.
SCORING BY QUARTER
VIC: 20-16-18-24 : 78
BRN: 8-13-4-27 : 52
VIC: Michael Acheampong (18), Chris McLaughlin (17)
BRN: Kenonte Ramsey (12), Jordan Reaves (10)