Vikes men head to Kamloops as playoff race tightens

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

January 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team is heading to Kamloops for a double header, Jan. 25-26, against the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack.

The Vikes men are 9-5 in the Canada West and are coming off back-to-back wins at home, while the WolfPack are 6-9 and looking for redemption after two road losses against Saskatchewan and Alberta.

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On Jan. 11-12, the Vikes mens were defeated in the dying minutes of play by both Winnipeg and Manitoba. Bouncing back, Jan. 18-19, the Vikes defeated both Regina and Brandon by over 20-point margins to bump them into second place in the Pacific Division, behind the 12-2 UBC Thunderbirds.

Against Regina, fourth-year Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) impressed the home crowd with 26 points and seven rebounds, while rookie guard Kyle Peterson (Edmonton) had a 12-point game. Peterson drained two of seven team three-point shots made, which ended up being the closing factor in the 79-55 win.

Over Brandon, fifth-year Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.) got comfortable from long range, as the six-foot-three guard went 5-6 in three-point shooting, while guard Brandon Dunlop (Victoria, BC) went 4-4. The Vikes were 15-30 from outside the arc and Acheampong finished the night with 18 points, while Chris McLaughlin(Oakville, ON) did well in the paint to earn 17 points in the 78-52 victory.

The WolfPack are led in scoring by Kevin Pribilsky, brother of former Vikes guard Reese. Pribilsky is 19th in the Canada West in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game, while third-year guard Brett Rouault averages 14.7.

With only eight games left in the season, the conference playoff race is undoubtedly underway for hosting rights of the quarter-finals and ultimately, a spot at the Canada West Final Four and a chance to head to the CIS national championship, Mar. 15-17, in Regina.

The Vikes and WolfPack will tip off in Kamloops’ Tournament Capital Centre on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. and Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Both games will be broadcast live at http://UVic.canadawest.tv   

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