by James Nielsen
December 24, 2013, Victoria (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team will face off against two NAIA Div. 1 teams during a late-December California tour that features a December 30 matchup against Biola University and ends December 31 against Concordia University.
On December 30, the Vikes will tip-off against the 8-5 Biola Eagles at 5:30 p.m. before heading to Concordia University to face the 12-2 Eagles the following day at 5:00 p.m. The two-day tour will provide the Vikes a chance to shake off any rust accumulated since their last CIS regular season match on November 30.
“We’re looking to play some high-caliber competition prior to conference play starting back up,” said Vikes assistant coach Craig Behan. “I don’t imagine we’ll be doing anything too different than what we’ve being doing. We’ll play it game-to-game and see what happens.”
The Biola Eagles will be looking to regain their form as they prepare to resume NAIA competition in the new year. The Eagles currently sit in second-last place in the eight-team, Div. 1 Golden State Athletics conference. The team is led in scoring by fifth-year forward Andre Murillo, who has put up 214 points this season, averaging 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per-game.
The Concordia Eagles, coming off a 2012 national championship, are riding a seven-game winning streak heading into their match against UVic. The Eagles are led on offense by fourth-year shooting guard Tim Harris and second-year guard Montreal Harris. The two have combined for 190 and 181 points, respectively through 14 games this season. Third-year guard Stephen Grosey is tied for the team-high average of 5.1 rebounds per-game with M. Harris.
The Vikes are in the midst of an impressive season that has seen them playing to a 9-1 Canada West record, tied with the University of Alberta and the University of Saskatchewan for first-place in the conference. Fifth-year guard-forward Terrell Evans leads his team with 184 points overall and an average of 18.1 points-per-game. The Vikes have also received solid offensive contributions from fourth-year point Chris McLaughlin, who is second in team scoring with 160 points and first in team rebounds with an average of 8.1 per-game.
Following their exhibition tour, the Vikes will resume Canada West conference play January 10 at home against the Saskatchewan Huskies.