By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 8, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team extended their perfect Canada West record to 3-0 with a 70-65 victory over the visiting Fraser Valley Cascades on Nov. 8. Fourth-year Vike Chris McLaughlin had a game-high 21 points as the No. 4 Vikes take game one of the double-header weekend.
The Vikes didn’t miss a beat despite losing starting point guard Marcus Tibbs just one night before to a broken hand. Tibbs has been a pivotal addition to the Vikes lineup so far but with 16 bench points and a 16-point effort from senior Terrell Evans, the Vikes proved their depth.
“Losing Marcus one day before means we have to make quick adjustments,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Injuries are just part of the game and it gives opportunities for others, who I think all stepped up today.”
Others included first year Mack Roth who, along with third year Reiner Theil, chipped in with 12 points.
For the Cascades Kadeem Wills was a one-man show with the team’s lone double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Jasper Moedt put up 15 points, while Parchmen added 10. Fraser Valley put up six three-point shots each from different scorers, while the team limited themselves to a seven-man bench.
The Vikes started their home opener in good fashion with an early six-point lead thanks to unanswered threes from McLaughlin and Theil. Parchmen finally got the Cascades on the board three minutes into play but another three from Theil lifted the Vikes by nine. Victoria continued with another trey from Roth before taking a commanding 20-8 lead after the first frame.
The tides turned in the second quarter as the Cascades came back to out-score the home team 24-10 thanks to the quality shooting of Parchmen, who had the last six points for the visitors. The Cascades won the offensive rebound war 11-5 in the first half earning them 16 points in the paint as they edged the Vikes 32-30 entering the break.
McLaughlin turned the table again in favour of the home team after putting up 12 of the Vikes’ 23 third-quarter points. Victoria capitalized on four of the Cascades’ six third-quarter turnovers to out-score the Cascades 23-11. The Vikes were 56 per cent from the field in the third frame and entered the final quarter with a 53-43 tilt.
“We were resilient tonight despite it not being our best game,” added Beaucamp. “Credit to Fraser Valley as they had a lot of energy and took a lot away from us. We were better in the third and took some time to get our feet back under us and regain control of the boards.”
Following four quarter the Vikes put up eight three-pointers to Fraser Valley’s three, while shooting 49 per cent from the field and 47 per cent from beyond the arc. The Cascades were held to 38 per cent from the field but had 10 points off Vikes turnovers in the final quarter.
The CIS No. 4-ranked Vikes finished the night with a 70-65 victory despite a late three from Wills that almost sparked a come-back. The Vikes now improve to a 3-0 record in the Pacific Division, while the Cascades drop to 2-1. Both teams will go head-to-head again tomorrow, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. at McKinnon Gym. The game will be broadcast with live video and stats at http://canadawest.tv.
- VIC: 20-10-23-17 : 70
- UFV: 8-24-11-22 : 65
- UVIC: Chris McLaughlin (21), Terrell Evans (16), Reiner Theil (12), Mack Roth (12)
- UFV: Kadeem Wills (21), Jasper Moedt (15), Kevon Parchmen (10)