|CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE|
|Pts: Francois Bourque – 14||Pts: Terrell Evans – 19|
|Reb: Francois Bourque – 8||Reb: Terrell Evans – 11|
|Ast: Vincent Dufort – 5||Ast: Marcus Tibbs – 4|
|Field Goal %||27.6% (21-76)||41.2% (21-51)|
|Pts off Turnovers||13||7|
|2nd Chance Pts||16||6|
|Pts in the Paint||24||30|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditValerie Wutti
OTTAWA (CIS) – The fourth-seeded University of VictoriaVikes pursuit of their potential record-tying ninth national titleis still alive as they eliminated the No. 5 McGill UniversityRedmen by a score of 63-54 in the third quarter-final of theArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball Final 8, Fridayevening at the Canadian Tire Centre.
It was an expectedly low-scoring affair between two of thenation’s best defensive teams. The Vikes boasted the bestdefence in CIS this season allowing only 60.2 points per game. Itwasn’t any easier to score on the RSEQ-champion Redmen, whoranked third, averaging 62.3 points against per contest.
“The biggest thing is when we’re good defensively wegive ourselves a chance. I thought for the most part tonight wewere good on the defensive side,” said Vikes head coach CraigBeaucamp.
The game opened with strong defence from both teams and neithersquad was able to find an offensive groove. The Redmen led afterthe first quarter by a score of 20-15.
“Once we figured it out after the first quarter, once wegot more sound on defence it kinda came back naturally tous,” said Vikes fourth-year centre Chris McLaughlin, who wasnamed game MVP for UVic thanks to his 16 points and sevenrebounds.
Terrell Evans, a first-team all-Canadian this season, paced thewinners with a 19-point, 11-board double-double.
The offensive struggles continued into the second stanza as ittook almost two minutes before Evans finally took a steal down thecourt for a layup.
The Vikes took a 35-29 lead into the half, limiting the Redmento only nine points in the second frame.
The defensive dominance continued after halftime. It took threeminutes before McLaughlin sank the second of two free throws forthe first point of the third.
The Vikes edged the Redmen 9-4 in the frame, including aseven-minute span where McGill failed to score.
The offence picked up again in the fourth with McGill edging theVikes in the final frame 21-19.
“That’s a very good defensive team, probably thebest defensive team we’ve seen all year,” said McGillhead coach David DeAveiro. “We knew it would be a toughtime.”
“I think we just ground it out,” said Beaucamp.“I thought we had some bad offense and shot early threes anddidn’t get stops, but then we played good defensively andthat transitioned us to some easy baskets at the otherend.”
Freshman forward Francois Bourque led all Redmen with 14 pointsand eight rebounds.
“We didn’t shoot the ball well today and a big partof our offense is shooting the ball,” DeAveiro said.
With the victory, the Vikes advance to Saturday’s latesemifinal at 8 p.m. – live on Sportsnet 360 – and will facethe winner of the last quarterfinal between the No.1 OttawaGee-Gees and the No.8 Saskatchewan Huskies.
McGill will play the losers at 2:30 p.m. in consolationaction.
McG: 20-9-4-21: 54
VIC: 15-20-9-19: 63
Points: Terrell Evans (19), Chris McLaughlin (16), MarcusTibbs (15)
Rebounds: Terrell Evans (11), Chris McLaughlin (7)
Assists: Marcus Tibbs (4)
Player of the game: Chris McLaughlin
Points: François Bourque (14), Simon Bibeau(12)
Rebounds: François Bourque (8), Vincent Dufort (7)
Assists: Vincent Dufort (5)
Player of the game: Simon Bibeau
CHAMPIONSHIPSCHEDULE (all times EASTERN TIME)
Friday, March 7
12:30 Quarter-final 1: Alberta 72, Saint Mary’s62
14:30 Quarter-final 2: Carleton 82, McMaster 64
17:30 Quarter-final 3: Victoria 63, McGill 54
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 8 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Ottawa (
Saturday, March 8
12:30 Consolation 1: No. 6 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 7McMaster (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
14:30 Consolation 2: No. 5 McGill vs. Loser QF 4 (www.CIS-SIC.tv)
18:00 Semifinal 1: No. 3 Alberta vs. No. 2 Carleton (Sportsnet 360/ www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
20:00 Semifinal 2: No. 4 Victoria vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 /www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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