by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA – As a third-straight appearance at the CIS Final 8 looms, fifth-year University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball player Chris McLaughlin will already end his post-secondary career in a story book way. McLaughlin, the lone five-year Vike on the team, had the textbook journey from rookie to vet and will now cap off his career as the Canada West MVP. Fourth-year point guard Marcus Tibbs was also named a conference third team all-star.
“I am very proud of what Chris has accomplished in his five years at UVic,” said Craig Beaucamp, head coach of the Vikes men. “This is a fitting tribute to a true fifth year player who developed and improved over the course of his career.”
McLaughlin helped the Vikes to a 15-5 regular season record, tied with Saskatchewan for the top of the standings. The Oakville, Ont. native averaged 19.8 points per game and was second in the conference in scoring, while a season average of 10 rebounds per game sat the six-foot-ten forward at third in the conference for rebounding.
Averaging 33.2 minutes per game, McLaughlin’s contributions were pivotal to the Vikes’ success this season. The power forward posted nine double-doubles and was in double-digit scoring in 19 of 20 games including a 32-point game against Brandon and 31 points against UBC.
“Many people forget how hard Chris worked to become the player he is now,” added Beaucamp. “We are talking about a guy that averaged five minutes a game in his first two years and this year he was a dominant player in the Canada West this year.”
McLaughlin was largely supported by the Vikes’ second-highest scorer Tibbs. Tibbs came to the Vikes last season and is currently in his fourth year. Filling in the void left by starting point guard Kyle Peterson, the six-foot guard has been key with an average of 17.1 points per game while averaging 5.1 assists per game. Tibbs has started 17 of 18 games played and scored double digits in 16 of those games.
The Vikes will continue their post-season play hosting the Alberta Golden Bears this weekend in a best-of-three quarter-finals series. Games will tip-off at 7 p.m. at UVic’s McKinnon Gymnasium.
2014-15 Canada West Men’s Basketball Awards:
Most Valuable Player: Chris McLaughlin, Victoria
Rookie of the Year: Lars, Schluter, Calgary
Defensive Player of the Year: Ben Baker, Saskatchewan
Ken Shields Award: Devin McMurty, UNBC
Coach of the Year: Dan Vanhoren, Calgary
First Team All-Stars
Chris McLaughlin, Victoria
Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Calgary
Tommy Nixon, UBC
Joel Friesen, Alberta
Josh Wolfram, TRU
Second Team All-Stars
Jelane Pryce, Winnipeg
Mamadou Gueye, Alberta
Franco Kouagnia, UNBC
Matthew Forbes, Saskatchewan
Jasper Moedt, Fraser Valley
Third Team All-Stars
Marcus Tibbs, Victoria
Dadrian Collins, Saskatchewan
Denzel James, Grant MacEwan
Kevon Parchment, Fraser Valley
Jonathan Tull, Regina
Lars Schluter, Calgary
Aldrich Berrios, UBC Okanagan
Zac Overwater, Lethbridge
Sebastain Denault, Alberta
Josh Mayorga, Thompson Rivers