By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
November 22, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball survived a third quarter of no field goals to come out on top 62-51 over the Manitoba Bisons on Nov. 22 at McKinnon Gym.
The No. 3-ranked Vikes relied on their first-half scoring and eight late points from point guard Kyle Peterson to grab the win and remain undefeated with a 7-0 record. The Bisons drop to a 1-6 record.
Second year Peterson put up two much-needed three-point shots to overcome a Bisons come-back attempt and finish the night with 20 points and four rebounds. The Edmonton native was three-for-six from distance and logged three steals. Senior forward Terrell Evans and third year Mack Roth each contributed two three-point shots on the night to add 16 and 12 points, respectively. Third year Reiner Theil struggled from the field but was key to the Vikes’ defence hauling down a game-high 12 rebounds.
The Bisons were led in scoring by third year Mike Holloway, who finished the night with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals. Three Bisons were unable to break into double digits tallying nine points including Justus Alleyn, Amir Ali and Dan Penner. Manitoba was held to 33 per cent from the field but capitalized with 11 second-chance points and 51 points from their bench.
“We struggled to score tonight but our defensive work came through which is why we preach the style that we do,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “We had various challenges this week with some guys that were unable to practice so I am proud that they were able to fight through tonight. Our defence was a huge part of the game and we are happy to get the win.”
Rivalry from the 2012-13 Canada West quarter-final series was evident immediately as both teams were defensive stalwarts in the opening minutes of play. Evans sparked the home crowd of over 2,400 responding to an Amir Ali three-point shot with an outside shot of his own to tie the game at seven. Six-foot-eleven guard Holloway kept the Bisons in it with a three-pointer followed by two points from the line as the visitors trailed 14-12 entering the second.
Gritty defensive work continued for both teams as the Vikes hauled down 12 defensive rebounds in the first half, while the Bisons had 11. The Vikes showed their talent from distance as Evans, Peterson and Roth each hit a shot from beyond the arc to out-score the Bisons 22-14 in the second frame. Peterson put away two from the line and made a huge steal at center court to nab the lay up and finish the first half with 10 points. Holloway led Manitoba with seven points as the Bisons were held to 28 per cent from the field.
The Vikes were 5-for-14 from three-point land to finish the first half with a field goal percentage of 48. For their efforts the home team sat on a 36-26 lead entering half time.
The Vikes survived a third-quarter scare after going scoreless for over nine minutes and going 0-for-13 from the field. The Bisons were unable to generate much more than that with only two jumpers from the field and two points from the line.
The Vikes had a prime opportunity to get on the board with four minutes to go when a key steal set up Evans for a break away but the fifth-year forward lost control of the ball on the way to the hoop. The visitors out-scored the Vikes 6-2 in a sloppy quarter of inaccurate shooting for both sides.
The Vikes had seven third-quarter turnovers but managed to stay out in front with a 38-32 lead entering the final stretch. The Vikes’ lone two points came from two foul throws by Chris McLaughlin just before the break.
In the final frame the Vikes got back on track, out-scoring the Bisons 24-19. Evans made good from the line in the opening minute to complete a three-point play. From there Roth and Peterson extended the streak to 7-0 before an and-one play from Dan Penner got the Bisons on the board.
The teams continued to trade baskets as the Bisons rallied to keep the Vikes’ lead to single digits. Andre Arruda hit a key shot from outside to get the Bisons within seven, while Ali put up three straight baskets to tie the game at 48 with less than four minutes to go.
Roth hit a timely jumper to boost the Vikes by two and then Peterson had everyone in McKinnon Gym on their feet after sinking an NBA quality shot from more than five feet beyond the arc. On the next possession Peterson hit a fade-away three just as the shot clock was about to expire and then went on to steal the ball on Manitoba’s resulting inbound to put in a lay up and stamp an 8-0 run in the fourth.
Peterson’s heroics gave the Vikes the cushion they needed to put away the Bisons 62-51 and improve their perfect record to 7-0, while the Bisons maintain their spot near the bottom of the Prairie Division with a 1-6 record.
“Manitoba never gave us an inch tonight and it shows that they are better than their record,” added Beaucamp. “This is an unpredictable conference especially at this time of the year when fatigue sets in. Anything can happen as we near the end of the semester.”
Beaucamp’s reference to the Friday night upsets included Trinity Western defeating Saskatchewan, Calgary defeating Thompson Rivers and UBC edging Winnipeg.
The Vikes will turn around to host the Winnipeg Wesmen tomorrow, Nov. 23, while the Bisons will trek to the mainland to face the UBC Thunderbirds. Both games will happen at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live at http://canadawest.tv.
- UVIC: 14-22-2-24 : 62
- MAN: 12-12-6-19 : 51
- UVIC: Kyle Peterson (20), Terrell Evans (16), Mack Roth (12), Chris McLaughlin (8)
- MAN: Mike Holloway (12), Justus Alleyn (9), Amir Ali (9), Dan Penner (9)