By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball fell short for the second-straight night, Oct. 3, this time to their Canada West rivals the Saskatchewan Huskies. The conference silver medalists ousted the Vikes on home court with a defining 95-72 score line.
The Vikes were led by third-year Hassan Abdullahi’s 15 points, all coming in the second half, while Grant Sitton put up 13 points and Brandon Dunlop had 10. Fifth-year captain Reiner Theil led the team defensively with six rebounds, while the Vikes conceded 17 turnovers to Saskatchewan’s eight.
The Huskies had a dominating offensive performance from fifth-year guard Evan Ostertag. The Saskatoon native exploded for a 29-point performance including going 13-for-19 from the field. Third-year Husky Jauquin Bennett-Boire had 20 points and six rebounds. Third year Shawn Lathan chipped in with 13 points and five boards.
It was an opening quarter of threes as Saskatchewan’s Lathan sunk from beyond the arc on the Huskies’ second shot. The Vikes responded with back-to-back threes, one from each ofJordan Charles and Sitton. Sitton followed up with his first three of the night and a coast-to-coast layup to get the home side up 11-7. The teams traded buckets as Ostertag also hit from distance, while Sitton hit his second to go up by two. Bennett-Boire put up a jumper to tie the game 18-18 entering the second.
The next 10 minutes saw the Huskies out-score the Vikes 27-17 thanks to a 10-point quarter from Ostertag. Saskatchewan tacked on three more shots from the perimeter, while the Vikes went cold for the latter part of the quarter. Six-foot-nine Vikes forward Sitton had his third three drop early on but the Vikes struggled to find the hoop. Brandon Dunlop did well to log seven points in the quarter including going perfect from the line and dropping a three of this own. Saskatchewan took the lead 45-35 by half time.
The third quarter saw Saskatchewan drop another three shots from distance and Bennet Boire put up seven points to lead his side. The Vikes were out-scored 28-17 with Abdullahi doing well to earn his team seven points including a nifty and-one play to get the Vikes within 20, down 70-50. Outside of Abdullahi’s offensive burst, the Vikes struggled to maintain possession and run a completed offence. The Huskies had seven turnovers to Victoria’s 15, giving the visitors the 73-52 edge entering the final quarter.
In the final frame the Vikes got off to a good start as some quality distribution from point guard Brandon Dunlop showed the home side’s potential. Dunlop made a nifty pass to Reiner Theil who found Mack Roth on the baseline. Roth’s long two-pointer got the Vikes within eight, down 73-55. Roth hit another long jumper from the opposite side of the hoop on another Dunlop assist to trail 73-57. Bennett-Boire and Ostertag continued to dominate for the Huskies, showing their athleticism again and again all the way to a final score of 95-72.
Up next the Huskies (1-1) will face the undefeated Carleton Ravens (2-0) tomorrow, Oct. 4, at 12:00 p.m. pacific time, while the Vikes (0-2) will play the Fraser Valley Cascades (1-1) at 2:00 p.m. Both games will have live pay-per-view stats and web streaming at canadwest.tv.
SCORING BY QUARTER
SASK: 18-27-28-22 : 95
UVIC: 18-17-17-20 : 72
SASK: Evan Ostertag (29), Jauquin Bennet-Boire (20), Shawn Lathan (13)
UVIC: Hassan Abdullahi (15), Grant Sitton (13), Brandon Dunlop (10)
Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament 2015
October 2 – Fraser Valley 82, Saskatchewan 91
October 2 – Victoria 47, Carleton 80
October 3 – Fraser Valley 67, Carleton 71
October 3 – Victoria 72, Saskatchewan 95
October 4 – Saskatchewan vs. Carleton (12:00 p.m. Pacific)
October 4 – Victoria vs. Fraser Valley (2:00 p.m. Pacific)