No. 4 Vikes open post-season against Wesmen on home court

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by James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

February 18, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – A sea of white shirts will fill the stands of McKinnon Gymnasium as the No. 4 ranked Vikes open their Canada West post-season, hosting a best-of-three quarter-final series against fourth-place Prairie Division opponent Winnipeg Wesmen at McKinnon Gymnasium, February 21-23.

LIVE STREAM & STATS

The Vikes will host the Wesmen after finishing first in the Pacific Division with a 19-3 record, while the Wesmen posted a 14-8 record overall. Last weekend, Feb. 14-15 saw the Vikes handling the fourth-place T-Birds with ease, winning 82-65, Feb. 14 on home court before heading to UBC’s War Memorial Gymnasium and capturing an 89-73 victory to end the regular season.

The Vikes have been led on offence by fifth-year senior Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV), who ranks fourth in Canada West scoring, averaging 18.1 points-per-game. Teammate Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) has also been a strong contributor on offence, averaging 14.7 points and 8.2 boards per-game.

Cementing his spot among the No. 1-ranked scoring defense is third-year Vike Reiner Theil (West Vancouver, B.C.). The 6-4 guard has been a workhorse for head coach Craig Beaucamp, receiving the top defensive assignments throughout the season while averaging the most minutes played per-game for the Vikes (30.4).

The Vikes and Wesmen will tip off on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. and if necessary, the teams will decide their fate in a third match on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. All games will be at McKinnon Gym and streamed live at http://UVic.canadawest.tv . Fans are encouraged to dress in white to support Whiteout Weekend, presented by PepsiCo Canada and Best Western Carleton Plaza Hotel Victoria.

Tickets are available online (http://tickets.uvic.ca) or in person at the University Center box office (Mon-Fri, 9:30-4pm). For more information on tickets, please contact Janine Prince at jlprince@uvic.ca or (250) 472-4772.

For media requests please contact James Nielsen, Vikes Communications Assistant at 250-721-8725.

SCOUTING THE WESMEN

Regular Season Record: 14-8

Projected Starting Five: Steven Wesley, Andrew Cunningham, Jordan Clennon, Christopher Baxter, Jelane Pryce

The Wesmen enter the post-season after coming off a weekend split against the Manitoba Bisons that saw them falling 70-67, Feb. 13 on the road before returning home to close out their season with a 75-66 victory. The two teams met Nov. 23 at McKinnon Gym, where Vikes’ Evans, McLaughlin and Mack Roth led the offence in scoring en route to a 77-66 victory.

The two squads will once again meet at McKinnon Gymnasium, where the Vikes posted a 9-2 record during the regular season. Offensively, Winnipeg sits in eighth place in conference scoring, just below the seventh place Vikes. Senior Wesmen Steven Wesley leads his team on offence, averaging 17.3 points-per-game to place him seventh among Canada West scorers. Wesley also leads his squad with an average of 7.1 boards per-game.

GAME INFORMATION

Friday, Feb. 21: 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22: 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23: 2:00 p.m. (if necessary)

All games at McKinnon Gym

TICKET INFORMATION

Online (http://tickets.uvic.ca) or in person (UVic University Center Box Office Mon-Fri 9:30-4pm)

More information: Contact Janine Prince, jlprince@uvic.ca or 250-472-4772

PLAYOFF TICKET PRICES

Adults ($10)

Seniors/Other Students/Alumni ($8)

Youth Aged 7-12 ($5)

UVic Students/Recreation members ($5)

Children 6 and Under (FREE)

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