Vikes Communications, with files from Canada West
(ISN) – Canada West announced today, Mar. 17, fifth-year veteran University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball forward and graduating athlete Chris McLaughlin as the conference Second Star of the Week following his performances at the CIS National Championship in Ryerson, Ont., this past weekend.
Second Star: #12 Chris McLaughlin, Victoria (Basketball)
It was the final week of play for University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball fifth year and captainChris McLaughlin. Although the No. 4 Vikes exited this weekend’s CIS National Championship where ranked, McLaughlin will go out with many highs. The six-foot-ten forward was pivotal all season to getting the Vikes qualified for their third-straight CIS Final 8 appearance and their first Canada West title since 2006.
At this weekend’s CIS Championship, hosted March 12-15 at Ryerson’s Mattamy Athletic Center in Toronto, the senior forward had a double-double in every single match up. On March 12, McLaughlin battled a bout of morning food poisoning to still come out and play 30 minutes, logging 10 points and 11 rebounds, in the Vikes’ 57-56 quarter-final win over Dalhousie.
Two days later, the power forward nabbed 14 points and 10 rebounds in 40 minutes played in their 83-74 loss to the eventual CIS Champions, the Carleton Ravens. Carleton cruised through their quarter-finals with a 40-point differential over Saskatchewan and took their fifth-straight gold medal winning by 47 points over Ottawa. Victoria had the closest margin in their semifinal with Carleton, eventually losing by only nine points.
The Vikes entered the CIS Bronze Medal match up for their second straight season and faced hosts Ryerson, who despite trailing for most of the game had an outstanding fourth quarter to claim bronze with an 82-68 score. Disheartened, the Vikes finished fourth overall but veteran McLaughlin was named the game’s MVP after his 22-point and 14-rebound performance.
McLaughlin was the main target for all opponents this weekend, often double and tripled teamed, making it difficult for the Vikes to penetrate the paint. The Oakville, Ont. native was one of five CIS First Team All-Canadians named on March 11 and, despite not having a CIS medal, will still go out as one of the best to don a Vikes jersey.
Alberta’s Kruise Reddick (Hockey) and Regina’s Tevaughn Campbell (Track and Field) were honoured Canada West First and Third Stars of the Week respectively.