Vikes men’s basketball look to continue climb at CIS championship

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By Ali Lee, with files from CIS

 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – This will be the third-straight and 24th overall appearance for the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team at the 2015 ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball championship, hosted Mar. 12-15, at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. The CIS No. 4-seeded Vikes will play the No. 5 Dalhousie Tigers in their tournament-opening quarter-final, while they will also be in the mix with Carleton or Saskatchewan in their second round.

“We are excited to be back at nationals. Any time you are one of eight teams still playing at this time of the year you are happy,” said head coach Craig Beaucamp, whose program ranks second all-time to Carleton with eight McGee Trophy triumphs. “Everyone at the tournament has had to win some big games to get this far. This year the tournament is deep and should prove to be very competitive every round.”

It was an exciting two weeks of playoffs that saw the Vikes men capture their 15th overall, and first since 2006, Canada West championship banner, to enter this week as the top seed from the West. This year’s success is largely due to the efforts of team captain and 2015 Canada West Most Outstanding Player Chris McLaughlin, as well as third team all-star Marcus Tibbs.

Throughout the regular season six-foot-ten forward McLaughlin was ranked second in the conference in scoring (19.8 PPG) and third in rebounding (10.0 RPG). McLaughlin was the top scorer for the Vikes in 14 games and logged an impressive 12 double-doubles, while scoring double digits in all but one game.

McLaughlin is largely supported by fellow starters Tibbs, Reiner TheilMack Roth and Jordan Charles. Fourth-year point guard Tibbs is the team’s second-highest scorer, averaging 17.1 points per game, while also averaging 5.1 assists per game. Theil, the Canada West’s 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, quietly has the toughest gig on the court, typically tasked with guarding opponents’ top player, while the fourth year also averages 7.2 points per game.

Roth and Charles have proved their value in both ends of the court on countless occasions, while the support of Patrick PilatoGrant SittonJunior Sesay and Jeremy Leonard-Smith off the bench have given the Vikes the depth they have needed to concede just five regular season losses.

The Vikes lost to the CIS No. 8-seeded Huskies twice on the road, while also conceding losses to each of Winnipeg, Calgary and Brandon throughout the regular season. In the Canada West quarter-finals the Vikes ousted the Alberta Golden Bears in a two-game sweep at home, while blasting past Fraser Valley, 86-61, the following weekend to reach the conference final for the third-straight year. The Vikes came from behind to drop Saskatchewan, 70-67, in the dying seconds of the Canada West final to win head coach Craig Beaucamp‘s second conference title.

Beaucamp extends his regular season all-time record to 198-77 making him the winningest coach in Vikes men’s basketball history. The five-time Canada West Coach of the Year surpasses the late Guy Vetrie (185-97), who led the Vikes for 14 seasons, after this year’s 15-5 record. This season will be Beaucamp’s fifth overall appearance at the CIS Final 8, while he has yet to win a national championship.

The Vikes will have an opportunity to add to their already eight CIS championship banners, with their most recent being won in 1997. That journey will begin with their quarter-final match against the Dalhousie Tigers slated for 13:00 EST on Mar. 12 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto. Consolation semifinals will take place on Mar. 13, while championships semifinals will take place on Mar. 14.

Ryerson University hosts the 2015 tournament at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. The eight-team competition, which is staged in Toronto for the first time, gets underway Thursday and culminates Sunday at 3 p.m. with the gold-medal final, live on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet ONE.

Saturday’s semifinals are also live on Sportsnet 360 (6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.), while all other games from the tourney are set to air on Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports + and Super Sports Pak. All 11 contests will also be webcast on www.CIS-SIC.tv.

For more information and TV broadcasting schedule visit the Championship website here

PARTICIPATING TEAMS

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Media Guide (PDF 10.2 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: Dave Smart (16th season)
Regular season record: 17-2
Regular season standing: 2nd OUA North
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: OUA champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 26-2
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 4-2 (1-1 vs. WIN, 1-1 OTT, 1-0 VIC, 1-0 BIS)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 1
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (9 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 3rd (91.1)
National ranking (defence): 1st (56.4)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Thomas Scrubb (defensive MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Thomas Scrubb (F), Philip Scrubb (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Connor Wood (G)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Thomas Scrubb (17.2), Philip Scrubb (16.6)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Thomas Scrubb (7.6)
Season leader (assists per game): Philip Scrubb (4.5)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 18th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 36-10 (.783)
Best result: 10-time champions (2011-2014, 2009, 2003-2007)
Last appearance: 2014 (champions)
Sequence: 13th straight appearance
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-0

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Team Statistics
Head Coach: Chris Oliver (10th season)
Regular season record: 15-5
Regular season standing: 1st OUA West
Playoff record: 3-1
Playoff finish: OUA finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 24-6
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 2-3 (1-1 vs. CAR, 1-1 OTT, 0-1 RYE)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 5
Top 10 best ranking: No. 4 (poll #3)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 7th (86.6)
National ranking (defence): 18th (75.0)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Mitch Farrell (G)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (20.2), Mitch Farrell (13.1)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Rotimi Osuntola Jr. (11.5)
Season leader (assists per game): Khalid Abdel-Gabar (2.8)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 17th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 17-18 (.486)
Best result: 5-time champions (1969, 1967, 1966, 1964, 1963)
Last appearance: 2010 (6th place)
Sequence: Return after 4-year absence
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-0

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Media Guide (PDF 9.4 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: James Derouin (5th season)
Regular season record: 18-1
Regular season standing: 1st OUA North
Playoff record: 2-1
Playoff finish: OUA bronze medallists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 29-2
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 6-2 (1-1 vs. CAR, 1-1 WIN, 1-0 DAL, 1-0 BIS, 2-0 RYE)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 2
Top 10 best ranking: No. 1 (4 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 1st (94.5)
National ranking (defence): 7th (69.2)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Johnny Berhanemeskel (MVP), James Derouin (coach)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Johnny Berhanemeskel (G), Caleb Agada (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Gabriel Gonthier-Dubue (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Johnny Berhanemeskel (23.2), Caleb Agada (15.8)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Caleb Agada (7.9)
Season leader (assists per game): Mike L’Africain (4.8)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 9th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 12-10 (.545)
Best result: Finalists (2014)
Last appearance: 2014 (finalists)
Sequence: 3rd straight appearance
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-2 (1 appearance)

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Media Guide (PDF 9.7 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: Craig Beaucamp (12th season)
Regular season record: 15-5
Regular season standing: 2nd Canada West Pioneer Division
Playoff record: 4-0
Playoff finish: Canada West champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 23-8
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 2-4 (0-1 vs. CAR, 1-0 BIS, 1-3 SSK)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 7
Top 10 best ranking: No. 5 (poll #7)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 16th (78.6)
National ranking (defence): 10th (70.9)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Chris McLaughlin (MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Chris McLaughlin (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: None
Conference 3rd team all-stars: Marcus Tibbs (PG)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Chris McLaughlin (19.8), Marcus Tibbs (17.1)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Chris McLaughlin (10.0)
Season leader (assists per game): Marcus Tibbs (5.1)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 24th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 38-21 (.644)
Best result: 8-time champions (1997, 1980 to 1986)
Last appearance: 2014 (4th place)
Sequence: 3rd straight appearance
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 8-0 (4 appearances)

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Media Guide (PDF 1.4 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: Rick Plato (2nd season)
Regular season record: 10-10
Regular season standing: 5th AUS
Playoff record: 3-0
Playoff finish: AUS champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 13-14
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 0-2 (0-1 vs. OTT, 0-1 RYE)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: Unranked all season
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 0
National ranking (offence): 18th (77.6)
National ranking (defence): 23rd (76.9)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Ritchie Kanza Mata (defensive MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Kashrell Lawrence (F)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: None
Conference all-rookie team: Sean Dodds (G)
Season leaders (points per game): Kashrell Lawrence (18.1), Jarred Reid (13.6)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Kashrell Lawrence (7.4)
Season leader (assists per game): Ritchie Kanza Mata (7.0)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 4th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 1-6 (.143)
Best result: 6th place (2011)
Last appearance: 2011 (6th place)
Sequence: Return after 3-year absence
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-6 (3 appearances)

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Media Guide (PDF 4.9 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: Rod Gilpin (7th season)
Regular season record: 8-8
Regular season standing: 3rd RSEQ
Playoff record: 2-0
Playoff finish: RSEQ champions
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 10-15
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 0-5 (0-1 vs. CAR, 0-1 OTT, 0-1 VIC, 0-2 RYE)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): Unranked
Top 10 best ranking: Unranked all season
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 0
National ranking (offence): 40th (69.1)
National ranking (defence): 3rd (65.5)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: None
Conference 1st team all-stars: Kyle Desmarais (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Matt McLean (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Kyle Desmarais (14.4), Mike Andrews (11.6)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Majid Naji (7.9)
Season leader (assists per game): Kyle Desmarais (3.0)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 7th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 7-9 (.438)
Best result: 1-time champions (1998)
Last appearance: 1999 (6th place)
Sequence: Return after 15-year absence
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-0

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Team Statistics
Head Coach: Roy Rana (6th season)
Regular season record: 17-2
Regular season standing: 1st OUA East
Playoff record: 1-2
Playoff finish: 4th OUA
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 26-4
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 5-4 (0-2 vs. CAR, 1-0 WIN, 0-2 OTT, 1-0 DAL, 2-0 BIS, 1-0 SSK)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 3
Top 10 best ranking: No. 3 (all 13 polls)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 4th (89.3)
National ranking (defence): 4th (65.9)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Bjorn Michaelsen (Ken Shields Award nominee)
Conference 1st team all-stars: Jahmal Jones (G), Aaron Best (G)
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Adika Peter-McNeilly (G)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Jahmal Jones (17.2), Aaron Best (14.6)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Kadeem Green (6.8)
Season leader (assists per game): Jahmal Jones (5.4)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 3rd 
All-time record (not including Regionals): 1-4 (.200)
Best result: 6th place (2012)
Last appearance: 2012 (6th place)
Sequence: Return after 2-year absence
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 0-0

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Media Guide (PDF 12.7 MB)

Team Statistics
Head Coach: Barry Rawlyk (5th season)
Regular season record: 15-5
Regular season standing: 1st Canada West Pioneer Division
Playoff record: 3-2
Playoff finish: Canada West finalists
Overall record vs. CIS teams: 23-9
Overall record vs. Final 8 teams: 3-2 (0-1 vs. RYE, 3-1 VIC)
Top 10 final ranking (Feb. 24): No. 6
Top 10 best ranking: No. 5 (poll #10)
Top 10 number of weeks ranked (13 polls): 13
National ranking (offence): 10th (83.4)
National ranking (defence): 21st (76.4)

Individual Statistics
Conference award winners: Ben Baker (defensive MVP)
Conference 1st team all-stars: None
Conference 2nd team all-stars: Matthew Forbes (F)
Conference 3rd team all-stars: Dadrian Collins (F)
Conference all-rookie team: None
Season leaders (points per game): Dadrian Collins (15.2), Matthew Forbes (13.4)
Season leader (rebounds per game): Ben Baker (7.7)
Season leader (assists per game): Ben Baker (4.1)

CIS Championship History
Appearances (not including Regionals): 8th
All-time record (not including Regionals): 9-10 (.474)
Best result: 1-time champions (2010)
Last appearance: 2014 (5th place)
Sequence: 2nd straight appearance
Regionals record (1983 to 1986): 2-2 (2 appearances)

CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 11 (practices at Mattamy Centre: OPEN TO MEDIA)
9:00 Saskatchewan
10:00 Carleton
11:00 Dalhousie
12:00 Victoria
13:00 Ryerson
14:00 Windsor
15:00 Bishop’s
16:00 Ottawa

18:00 All-Canadian Awards Show & Gala (Uniun Nightclub – 473 Adelaide St. West)

Thursday, March 12
11:00 Quarter-final 1: No. 8 Saskatchewan vs. No. 1 Carleton (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 
13:00 Quarter-final 2: No. 5 Dalhousie vs. No. 4 Victoria (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 
18:00 Quarter-final 3: No. 7 Ryerson vs. No. 2 Windsor (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 
20:00 Quarter-final 4: No. 6 Bishop’s vs. No. 3 Ottawa (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 

Friday, March 13
14:00 Consolation 1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2 (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 
16:00 Consolation 2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4 (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 

Saturday, March 14
14:00 5th-place game (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) * 
18:00 Semifinal 1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) ** 
20:30 Semifinal 2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet 360 / www.CIS-SIC.tv) ** 

Sunday, March 15
11:30 Bronze (Rogers TV / www.CIS-SIC.tv) *  
15:00 Final (Sportsnet 360 & ONE / www.CIS-SIC.tv) ** 

* Rogers TV, Rogers TV Sports +, Super Sports Pak.
** The webcast of the semifinals & final are on pay-per-view basis.

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