By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 9, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team had a top-notch performance from both Terrell Evans and Chris McLaughlin to take a 74-55 victory over the Fraser Valley Cascades on Nov. 9 at McKinnon Gym. With the win the Vikes improve 4-0, while the Cascades drop to 2-2.
Six-foot-ten McLaughlin went entirely perfect from the field and line to finish the night with 25 points, while Evans led the way with 28 and was four-for-eight from distance.Reiner Theil picked up all his defensive duties to play an integral part in the win, while adding seven points and leading the team with eight boards.
For the Cascades injuries to Kevon Parchmen and Klaus Figueredo made it a steep climb for the team’s nine-man bench. Regardless, Figueredo led the team with 18 points in the opening three quarters, while Aaron McGowan added 14. The Cascades were out-rebounded 34-22 and conceded 15 second-chance points and 12 off turnovers.
“It’s tough to beat a team twice in a row because this is the Canada West,” said senior Evans, who was six-for-seven from the line. “This was a tough team that wasn’t going to fold easy. [McLaughlin and Evans] are two dominant forces right now and everyone is doing a good job finding us. Once we get the ball rolling it attracts a lot of attention and leaves our guards open on the wing.”
The Vikes started the game on a 7-0 run after some solid work under the hoop from McLaughlin and deep three from Evans. The Vikes paced the visitors sealing four more points from the line to take an 18-13 tilt after the first quarter. The Vikes had 13 rebounds to Fraser Valley’s five while Evans tallied 10 of Victoria’s 18 points.
In the second frame the home team went four-for-eight from distance after McLaughlin opened the quarter with a 5-0 run and a long-range three. Reiner Theil was all over the boards to help his team out-score the Cascades 17-14 in the second.
Six-foot-seven Cascades forward Moedt took a scary fall early in the second hitting his head on the court. Wills and Figueredo had to pick up the pieces, combining for 17 of Fraser Valley’s 27 first-half points. Big man McLaughlin went perfect on all seven field attempts and both free throws to lead with 14 points as the Vikes edged the visitors 35-37 at half time.
In the third quarter the Cascades were carried again in scoring by Figueredo who put up seven of the team’s 12 points. McLaughlin continued to go perfect through three quarters adding six more points as both teams totaled 12 points in the third quarter. Third-year leading scorer Parchment ran into foul trouble and was taken off the floor for several minutes as the Cascades trailed 47-39 entering the fourth.
The Cascades came within eight in the final frame but solid team play and ball movement propelled the Vikes to their highest lead margin of 19. Evans put up nine points including a late three-point play to seal the victory for the Vikes that were 85 per cent from the line and 44 per cent from the field.
The 74-55 win lifts the CIS No. 4-ranked Victoria squad to a perfect 4-0 record in the Pacific Division, while the sweep drops the Cascades to 2-2. Next week the Vikes will travel for a double header against UBC Okanagan, Nov. 8-9, while Fraser Valley will host Mount Royal for a pair of games.
All games will be broadcast with live video and stats at http://canadawest.tv
- UVIC: 18-17-12-27 : 74
- UFV: 13-14-12-16 : 55
- UVIC: Terrell Evans (28), Chris McLaughlin (25)
- UFV: Klaus Figueredo (18), Aaron McGowan (14)