Vikes Wear Off Christmas Rust With Exhibition Against SFU

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Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)

December 29, 2015, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team began the post-Christmas portion of their schedule with an exhibition scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon against the visiting Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan at UVic’s Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA).

SFU’s Michael Harper puts up a jumper between three UVic defenders in the second half Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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UVic’s Kai Greene tries to get a jumper over the reach of SFU’s JJ Pankratz (22) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The game was the first of two exhibition games this week that the Vikes have set up, with the second to be held Thursday at 1:00 pm against the UBC Okanagan Heat. Both games have been set up as “scrimmages,” with nothing on the line except for the chance for the Vikes and their opponents to shake off some of the rust from the Christmas break and give some extra minutes to some players that don’t see a lot of action in regular season play.

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SFU’s Michael Harper finds a lot of traffic in his way under the basket as he looks for a way to score in the second half of Tuesday’s exhibition against UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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UVic’s Joshua Charles throws down a dunk during warm-ups prior to Tuesday’s game against SFU (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The casual game atmosphere was very evident in Tuesday’s affair with the Vikes wearing just their practice jerseys with no numbers or names on the back and the score of the game being re-set to zeroes after every quarter. There was also none of the regular hoop-la associated with Vikes games – no announcing, no music, no cheerleaders – however there were a fair amount of fans on hand to catch some afternoon basketball action.

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UVic’s Mack Roth throws up a jumper over the reach of SFU’s Max Barkeley during first half action Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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UVic’s Hassan Abdullahi lays on top of SFU’s Max Barkeley as he attempts to score during the first half (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

As to the game itself, the Vikes started strong and built a bit of a lead on the Clan, but strong shooting and good defence by the Clan resulted in them holding a bit of an advantage over the Vikes in both the first and second quarters.

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UVic’s Grant Sitton drives the baseline during first half action against the Clan on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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SFU’s Oshea Gairey would hit this fade-away jumper for a two-point basket in the second half against UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

After a shorter than usual half-time break, UVic would regroup a bit and stay even with the Clan during a closely played third quarter and then would outscore SFU in the final frame to end on a high note for the day.

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SFU’s Gibran Sewani goes up for an uncontested slam-dunk during the second half of Tuesday’s game against UVic (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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SFU’s JJ Pankratz leans back to lay-in this basket against UVic on Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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SFU’s Michael Harper looks through the arms of a UVic defender to score two of his points on Tuesday afternoon (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Game Notes:  Detailed scoring statistics were not available for the game.  Victoria native and St. Mikes University School graduate Matt Rud, who went to SFU to play basketball following graduation has reportedly left the team and did not suit up in Tuesday’s action.

See the full set of images from this game on Christian J. Stewart’s web site at http://goo.gl/aV8sBQ

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