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Vikes men’s basketball vs. Simon Fraser & UBC Okanagan; 2016 SMUS Senior Boys Invitational (CARSA Performance Gym)

By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – With the Vikes men and women’s basketball teams breaking from Canada West action for the holiday break, the CARSA Performance Gym is set to welcome 2016 St. Michael’s University School Senior Boys Invitational action and Vikes men’s basketball exhibitions against the Simon Fraser Clan and UBC Okanagan Heat to its floor during the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4.

The Vikes men host the Clan and Heat on Dec. 29 and Dec. 31 at 2:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively, at the CARSA Performance Gym before the court gets turned over to the senior boys for the first day of tournament play on Jan. 3. Winston Churchill faces SMUS at 5:00 p.m. before Oak Bay goes head-to-head with Harry Ainlay at 6:00 p.m.

Admission to both of the Vikes’ exhibition games are by donation, and all proceeds go to supporting the local food bank.

“We are greatly indebted to Clint Hamilton, Craig Beaucamp and Vikes Athletics for the opportunity to play on Jan. 3 in such a fantastic facility,” commented SMUS head coach and former Vike Ian Hyde-Lay, whose son is in his first year with the Vikes men’s basketball program.

The Vikes men look to stay fresh during their long break before returning to action to begin the second half of their 2015-16 Canada West season on Jan. 8-9 against the Manitoba Bisons at CARSA. On the women’s side, the Vikes travel to Toronto, Ont. for the Toronto Invitational, Dec. 28-30, against the Laurentian Voyageurs, Western Mustangs and Toronto Varsity Blues.

The SMUS Invitational hosts a large contingent of B.C. high school talent, including the likes of defending Alberta AAAA champion Harry Ainlay and their lightning quick point guard Aher Uguak, who has already committed to the University of New Mexico for the 2016-17 season. Oak Bay has its sights set on the B.C. AAAA title, and younger sides Winston Churchill and SMUS are looking to make a statement against quality opposition.

Once the action at CARSA is complete, the invitational returns the SMUS Double Gym on Monday, January 4. All teams play each other to conclude the round robin.

Both Vikes teams resume their Canada West campaigns on Jan. 8 against the Manitoba Bisons at the CARSA Performance Gym. The Vikes women tip off at 6:00 p.m. while the men follow at 8:00 p.m. Visit govikesgo.com/tickets for more information on how you can attend the games, and all games are streamed live on canadawest.tv.

Full holiday schedule:

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Vikes men’s basketball vs. Simon Fraser (2:00 p.m., CARSA Performance Gym)

Thursday, Dec. 31

Vikes men’s basketball vs. UBC Okanagan Heat (1:00 p.m., CARSA Performance Gym)


Sunday, Jan. 3

Winston Churchill vs. SMUS (5:00 p.m., CARSA Performance Gym)

Oak Bay vs. Harry Ainlay (6:45 p.m., CARSA Performance Gym)

Monday, Jan. 4

SMUS vs. Oak Bay (9:15 a.m., SMUS Double Gym)

Harry Ainlay vs. Winston Churchill (11:00 a.m., SMUS Double Gym)

Winston Churchill vs. Oak Bay (3:30 p.m., SMUS Double Gym)

SMUS vs. Harry Ainlay (5:15 p.m., SMUS Double Gym)