|CANADIAN TIRE CENTER|
|Pts: Terrell Evans – 18||Pts: Jordan Baker – 16|
|Reb: Terrell Evans – 16||Reb: Jordan Baker – 8|
|Ast: Marcus Tibbs – 4||Ast: Youssef Ouahrig – 3|
|Field Goal %||32.3% (21-65)||33.9% (19-56)|
|Pts off Turnovers||18||16|
|2nd Chance Pts||10||8|
|Pts in the Paint||24||20|
Courtesy of host organizing committee / Photo creditValerie Wutti
OTTAWA (CIS) – The third-seeded University of AlbertaGolden Bears are the CIS bronze medallists thanks to a 61-53victory over the No. 4 Victoria Vikes in the third-place match ofthe ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball championshipat the Canadian Tire Centre, Sunday morning.
It was a quick turnaround for the Canada West rivals, who bothlost in Saturday night’s semifinals and also lost an hour ofsleep thanks to daylight savings time.
“I don’t think either team was excited about playingwith the time change in the bronze medal game,” said GoldenBears head coach Barnaby Craddock, whose troops defeated Victoria82-77 in the conference final last weekend.
The first quarter was completely dominated by the Bears.
The Vikes opened the game on a good note with Marcus Tibbsdraining a three-pointer, but that was the only field goal theymade in the opening frame.
The Golden Bears took over from there, going on a 23-1 run forthe rest of the quarter led by Robert Dewar and Joel Friesen, whoeach had eight points in the first stanza.
Alberta had a commanding 25-4 lead against the top-rated defencein the country after 10 minutes of action.
Victoria’s offence came alive in the second quarter asthey had a 17-15 edge.
“They needed to decide how they wanted to finish theiryear,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Theyneeded to decide as a group how they wanted to finish and havetheir legacy remembered as a group.”
Playing in his final university game, fifth-year guard TerrellEvans led the offensive charge with three straight baskets to swingthe momentum in Victoria’s favour in the second quarter. Thefirst-team all-Canadian had a double-double by halftime andfinished with a game-high 16 rebounds and 18 points, earninggame-MVP honours for his side.
Alberta did not allow the Vikes to mount a comeback however and,led by Jordan Baker’s seven points in the quarter, they had a40-21 lead at halftime.
The Vikes outscored the Golden Bears for the entire second half,but were unable to erase the advantage Alberta built up in theearly going. They kept chipping away at Alberta’s lead,bringing it within eight points by the end.
“We came out with a win,” said Friesen, who wasnamed Alberta’s player of the game. “We did it for ourfifth year guys and our guys played with a lot of heart even thoughwe maybe didn’t perform our best this tournament.”
“It’s a ridiculously difficult game to play,”Beaucamp said. “I’m not giving our guys excuses, butwith the time change and losing that game last night. It was goingto be tough today.”
Golden Bears star graduating forward Jordan Baker led his teamwith 16 points and eight assists in his final CIS game.
“(I’m) just happy for the seniors to end with amedal, not the one we wanted but those guys that have played fiveyears for this program deserve to have a little success heretoday,” Craddock said.
VIC 4-17-14-18: 53
OTT 25-15-11-10: 61
Points: Jordan Baker (16), Robert Dewar (8), Joel Friesen(8)
Rebounds: Jordan Baker (8), Youssef Ouahrig (6)
Assists: Youssef Ouahrig (3)
Player of the game: Joel Friesen
Points: Terrell Evans (18), Chris McLaughlin (13)
Rebounds: Terrell Evans (16), Chris McLaughlin (5)
Assists: Marcus Tibbs (4)
Player of the game: Terrell Evans
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: Ottawa 94, Saskatchewan 73
Saturday, March 8
12:30 Consolation 1: McMaster 98, Saint Mary’s71
14:30 Consolation 2: Saskatchewan 75, McGill 59
18:00 Semifinal 1: Carleton 79, Alberta 55
20:00 Semifinal 2: Ottawa 78, Victoria 70
Sunday, March 9
10:30 Bronze: Alberta 61, Victoria 53
14:00 Final: No. 2 Carleton vs. No. 1 Ottawa (Sportsnet / www.CIS-SIC.tv *)
* The webcast of all 3 televised games (semifinals & final)will be on pay-per-view basis.
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