VIkes Nation

July 4,2014(ISN) – Typical pre-season tours have consisted of road trips to Oregon or California and Canada West clashes with Prairie or mainland teams but this year the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team have booked themselves off the continent. Thanks to connections from former coach Ken Shields, the Vikes men have landed themselves an invitation from Kanto Collegiate Basketball Federation to play four test matches with Japanese University All-Star teams.

“This is a great educational opportunity for our players,” said Craig Beaucamp, head coach of the Vikes. “This also gives our team a first-hand look at the culture and country of Japan. We also get to represent Canada in this event as the Kanto Collegiate Basketball Federation celebrates their 90th anniversary.”

The team will play four matches between July 5-9 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium Arena in Tokyo. The arena holds over 13,000 fans and was originally built for the 1964 Summer Olympics.

Travelling with Beaucamp are 11 players, as well as Clint Hamilton, Director of Athletics and Recreation, James Keogh, Manager of Athletics, Craig Behan, assistant coach, as well as Shields and alumnus Geoff McKay.

Last season the Vikes finished second in the Canada West with an impressive 19-3 record and went on to impress further with a fourth-place finish at their second-consecutive appearance at the CIS Final 8. Next season the Vikes will lose fifth-year players Terrell Evans and Ryan Erikson, but not before both finish off their time in a Vikes uniform in Japan.

GAME SCHEDULE (local time)
July 5  1:00 pm 
July 6  1:00 pm
July 8  6:00 pm
July 9  6:00 pm

John Woldu
Mack Roth
Patrick Pilato
Reiner Theil
Jordan Charles
Junior Sesay
Terrell Evans
Chris McLaughlin
Ryan Erikson
Mathew Hampton

Craig Beaucamp, Head  Coach
Craig Behan, Assistant Coach
Clint Hamilton, Director, Vikes Athletics & Recreation
Traci van der Byl, Athletic Therapist
James Keogh, Manager, Vikes Athletics & Recreation
Ken Shields
Geoff McKay