Defensive strengths help Vikes take care of Heat to complete sweep

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

November 16, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team made good from distance to put away the UBC Okanagan Heat 79-60 on Nov. 16. The weekend sweep lifts the No. 4 Vikes 6-0 in the Canada West, while the Heat drop to 0-6.

BOX SCORE

The Vikes were 53 per cent from three-point land and 74 per cent from the field as four Vikes hit double digits in scoring. Senior Terrell Evans led the Vikes in scoring with 16 points and seven rebounds. Chris McLaughlin was six-for-nine from the field to finish with 13 points, while both Kyle Peterson and Mack Roth added 12 points. Peterson was three-for-five from beyond the arc.

UBC Okanagan had three points in double-digit scoring including Yassine Ghomari who was seven-for-eight from the line to finish with 11 points. James Lum and Landry Ndayitwayeko had 10 points for the Heat who were 73 per cent from the line.

“I’m not overly happy as we gave up 20 offensive rebounds,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “I thought they out-hustled and out-worked us in a lot of elements but defensively we held them to less than 30% from the field, which makes up for the offensive rebounds and turn overs.”

The Vikes had a rocky start finding the hoop despite a seven-point quarter from Roth and six points from Evans. The Heat had the do-it-by-committee mentality as several different scorers got on the board to keep pace with the visiting Vikes, who edged the home team 21-20 at the first break.

Jordan Charles came off the pine to open the second quarter with a quick three from the right side of the arc to lift the Vikes 24-20, while John Woldu also notched a distance shot to put the Vikes on a 6-0 opening run. Wallensteen finally showed his dominance in the paint turning on Roth to put a bucket in off the glass and cutting the Vikes’ lead to five.

From there the Vikes struggled to get on the board other than two layups from Evans and a pocket of free throws from Roth. As for the Heat, Ndayitwayeko capped off UBC Okanagan’s eight-point quarter with a nifty jumper as the Vikes out-shot the Heat 15-8 to grab a 36-28 lead entering the half-time break.

The Vikes lit it up in the third quarter with five shots from distance and going six-for-seven from the line. The home team did manage to get on the board but needed eight of their 15 third-quarter points to come from free throws.

At the start of the third the Heat and Vikes traded scoring opportunities but two Kyle Peterson threes sandwiched a long-range three from Ndayitwayeko that eventually sprung the Vikes on a 9-0 tear. Wallensteen put in his sixth free throw to keep the Heat on the board but Peterson dished a ball back to McLaughlin at the top of the arc for a silencing three that lifted the Vikes 53-35.

The Heat continued to climb their way back in free throws but Woldu and Charles each capitalized on their second threes of the night to send the Vikes to a 20-point lead, 63-43, over the Heat entering the final frame.

UBC Okanagan saved their best for last, coming back to out-score the Vikes 17-16 in the fourth. It was too little to late for the home team as the Vikes rolled through their bench to gain as much as an 18-point lead in the final quarter. Abe Falls put in the Heat’s final two points from the line, while Roth and Peterson each hit a three to lift the Vikes to an eventual 79-60 final score.

“I thought we had a lot of the scoring contributions spread today which was a good thing,” added Beaucamp, whose team had 28 points off the bench.

The Vikes improve their record to 6-0 and will turn around to host Winnipeg and Manitoba next week, Nov. 22-23, while the Heat will travel to play Lethbridge and Calgary. All games will be streamed with live video and stats at canadawest.tv.

SCORING SUMMARY

UVIC: 21-15-27-16 : 79

UBCO: 20-8-15-17 : 60

SCORING LEADERS

UVIC: Terrell Evans (16), Chris McLaughlin (13), Mack Roth (12), Kyle Peterson (12)

UBCO: Yassine Ghomari (11), Landry Ndayitwayeko (10), James Lum (10)

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