No. 8 Vikes ousted by powerhouse Ravens in opening round of Final 8

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

March 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Carleton Ravens showed why they have won eight national championships in the last 10 years, as the OUA champs dominated 83-46 over the No. 8 Victoria Vikes in quarter-final play of the 2013 CIS men’s basketball championship, hosted at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa.

The Mar. 8 loss will now pit the Vikes against conference rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds, who lost to Acadia in their opening game.

The Ravens were led by third year Clinton Springer-Wiliams, who put up 15 points in 24 minutes played. Every player that stepped on the floor chipped in for the Ravens, as the home side earned 37 points off the bench. Two-time CIS player of the year Philip Scrubb earned 13 points, while Kevin Churchill added 11. The Ravens were 48 percent from the field all game and impressed further by shooting 15-18 from the line.

The young Vikes were held to 29 percent in shooting, despite a team-high 13-point effort from senior Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.). Fourth year Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) was held to eight points and three rebounds, while six-foot-ten Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) had four points and nine rebounds.

“We are more disappointed with how we played tonight then that we lost,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “We just didn’t think we played as well as we can play and that is all we can really control. We really struggled to get the ball up the court, especially in the second quarter and had a really difficult time getting into offence and that was basically the tale of the tape.”

Rookie Kyle Peterson (Edmonton) got the first points of the game, as a shot from downtown put the Vikes up by three on their opening play. Carleton’s Springer-Williams was quick to respond and tie the game at three. The Vikes wrangled ahead 10-7 but a Thomas Scrubb three-pointer was a quarter-changer, as the Ravens took the lead 14-12.

Acheampong hit a baseline jumper that bordered the arc for two to tie the game at 14 and on the next play, the senior set up Evans to go ahead 16-14. The Ravens showed their offensive composure, scoring five unanswered points to enter the first break leading 19-16.

In the second, Carleton went on an 18-0 tear to more than double the Vikes in score, leading 36-16. Acheampong drained a free throw to help the Vikes finally answer the Ravens with less than three minutes left in the half. Acheampong netted two additional free throws to score Victoria’s only third-quarter points, as the Ravens out-scored the visitors 23-3.

Springer-Williams tallied 12 of his 15 total points in the opening half for the Ravens, while Acheampong led for the Vikes with nine. Carleton enjoyed the luxury of rolling through their bench, who put up 11 first-half points, while the team tallied 14 points off Victoria turnovers. Carleton scored 18 in the paint to have an impressive 42-19 cushion at half time.

In the third quarter, the Ravens out-scored the Vikes 25-13, shooting 62 percent from the field, 80 percent from outside the arc and 83 percent from the line. Meanwhile, the Vikes, earned their first three-point basket of the game from Evans, while the Vikes suffered a scoring percentage of 36 from the field and were 0-3 on foul throws. As a result, Carleton dominated 67-32 entering the fourth quarter.

Play continued in Carleton’s favour, as the tournament hosts entertained a home crowd of 4,926 all the way to an 83-46 victory. The game was in the stats as the Vikes had nearly 13 minutes of scoreless play and went 2-for-29 on three-pointers.

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“Obviously, against good teams you need to play well and they played well and we didn’t. It just compounded itself,” added Beaucamp. “The second quarter was really the undoing and after that it was just window dressing to be honest. Tomorrow we just want to play better basketball and play more like we play. “

With the win, the Ravens advance to the championship semifinals against Acadia, while the Vikes will play rivals, the UBC Thunderbirds, at 11:15 a.m. PST.

SCORING BY QUARTER

CAR: 19-23-26-16 : 83

VIC: 16-3-13-14 : 46

SCORING LEADERS:

CAR: C. Springer-Williams (15), P. Scrubb (13)

VIC: M. Acheampong (13), T. Evans (8)

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