October 18, 2013, OTTAWA – It’s customary in a pre-season basketball tournament to save the best to the last which helps explain why Carleton scheduled Victoria for the final game in its round robin House-Laughton tournament on Sunday afternoon at the Raven’s Nest.
The expectation was that the Vikes would defeat the other two teams in the tournament – Bishop’s and Lakehead.
Entering the tournament Victoria opened its pre-season with three straight wins two of them against Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) opponents, defeating Wilfrid Laurier 91-72 and Concordia 78-67.
At Carleton Friday night, they had few problems rolling to a fourth-straight win, defeating Bishop’s 80-58, a team with a good chance at winning the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championships this season.
Mid-way through the second quarter, the Vikes had doubled Bishop’s 32-16, had used nine players and had twice as many shots as Bishop’s thanks to seven Bishop’s turnovers and four Victoria steals. The Vikes were also scoring on Bishop’s from outside on two-on-one breaks and inside.
By half time, the Vikes had 37 shots to 29 for Bishop’s, had 24 rebounds to 17 for Bishop’s. had made six three-point shots compared to two for Bishop’s, had eight assists compared to two for Bishop’s and were shooting 43.2 per cent compared to 31 per cent for Bishop’s.
As if to punctuate the difference as the clock wound down Marcus Tibbs launched a shot at the buzzer just inside half court and swished it. Victoria led 42.25. It was Tibbs’ fourth three-point shot and his fourth to go in – giving him 16 points. He did miss twice inside but he was six for eight with 16 points at the half.
Bishop’s made a 10-0 run just after the start of the second half to cut the lead to 10, 47-37, but the Vikes gradually pulled away again, were up 16 again – 61-45 – after three quarters and stayed well ahead for the rest of the game.
Coach Craig Beaucamp got 12 players into the game though he gave most of the playing rime to his five starters — Kyle Peterson, Marcus Tibbs, Reiner Theil, Terrell Evans and Chris McLaughlin. The five scored 54 of the team’s 80 points and had 27 of the team’s 43 rebounds.
Bishop’s coach Rod Gilpin used 10 players giving 20+ minutes to Scott Ring, Mike Andrews, Onnex Blackwood and – though they didn’t start – Joan Bermilo and Majid Naji.
Terrell Evans had 19 and Marcus Tibbs 18 for Victoria. Evans got 10 of his 16 in the second half but Tibbs scored all but two of his 18 in the first half. Evans also had a team-high nine rebounds. Chris McLaughlin had eight.
Three Bishop’s players were in double figures: Mike Andrews had 13, nine in the second half; Onnex Blackwood and Majid Naji each had 11.
The Vikes play Lakehead tomorrow night, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. PDT.
UVIC: 20-22-19-19 : 80
BISH: 10-15-20-13 : 58
UVIC: Terrell Evans (19), Marcus Tibbs (18), Mack Roth (9)
BISH: Mike Andrews (13), Onnex Blackwood (11), Majid Naji (11)