By Mark Janzen, TWU Communications
LANGLEY, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team found their first win of the regular season on Nov. 7 against the Trinity Western Spartans. Coaching in his Canada West debut, Trinity Western’s Aaron Muhic saw his team fall 82-71 to visiting Victoria Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans fell behind 20-10 after the first quarter and the Vikes lead was never threatened as the visitors cruised to an 11-point win, thanks to a four-pronged attack that had four Victoria players in double-digits.
TWU pushed back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Vikes 29-20, but the Spartans never got closer than 10 points.
The Spartans were led by Dean Richey (Spokane, Wash.), who was making his Canada West debut, and put up 22 points, while Lucas Mannes (Chilliwack, B.C.) added 17 points.
As a team the Spartans had six more field goal attempts than Victoria, but the Vikes shot 52.6 per cent while TWU was held to 38.1 per cent. Victoria also out-rebounded TWU 42-30.
Three-point shooting also favoured the Vikes as they were eight for 25 from beyond the arc while TWU was three for 20.
“Victoria is a good team and they are very disciplined and confident,” Muhic said. “We checked out a little bit as far as doing our team stuff in the first half and we’re not good enough to do that and make a comeback in the second half. Victoria did a good job of pounding it inside and we just weren’t tough enough in the paint.
On the strength of eight points from Roth, the Vikes raced out to a 10-point lead in the first quarter and set the tone for the rest of the night.
Victoria continued to push the pace in the second quarter, with Sitton collecting eight points and Victoria opening up a 43-26 halftime lead. The Vikes nearly doubled TWU’s shooting percentage through the first 20 minutes, with the Spartans shooting nine for 33 and Victoria going 18 for 34.
In the third quarter, Victoria extended its lead to 20 points, going up 62-42 by the end of the frame.
The fourth quarter was the Spartans best as they racked up 29 points, thanks in large part to Sebastian Eliasen’s (Ballerup, Denmark) eight points and Richey’s seven. However, the Vikes were in control to the final buzzer, finishing off a well-earned win.
The teams will play again Saturday at 7 p.m. at the LEC.
TWU: 10-16-16-29 : 71
UVIC: 20-23-19-20 : 82