Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN), With Files from Ali Lee (UVic)
January 29, 2016, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes dropped their third game in a row and fifth of their last six, as they were defeated 79-51 by the UBC Thunderbirds in CIS Canada West men’s basketball action Friday night at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria.
UVic’s Mack Roth (6) goes up for a shot during the Vikes 79-51 loss to UBC on Friday night in Victoria (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The loss drops the Vikes to record to 7-8 in the Canada West standings and puts a bit of a damper on their playoff hopes, as they now sit in eighth place in the Pioneer Division, chasing seventh place Alberta (7-7) – who hold the final playoff spot – with just five games to play.
In front of a good crowd at the CARSA Gym, UVic’s Kai Greene (right) puts on the brakes as he feels pressure from UBC defender Connor Morgan (left)(Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Vikes got the start they wanted going up 19-16 at the end of the first frame, thanks in part to a six point quarter from Reiner Theil and five from Grant Sitton. The Thunderbirds were held to just 35% shooting from the field despite out-rebounding the Vikes 13-8. The home side led by as much as six in the quarter but had just a three point lead entering the second quarter.
UVic’s Reiner Theil (4) attempts a shot over the outreached arms of UBC’s Taylor Browne (5) and Connor Morgan (9) (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Things then went south for the Vikes, as they were silenced in the second quarter, getting outscored 20-7 by the Thunderbirds, who took a 36-26 lead into the locker room at halftime.
UVic’s Jordan Charles (10) heads to the hoop for two of his eight points on Friday against UBC (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
UBC continued to stretch their lead in the third – by as much as 19 points at one point – as Philip Jalalpoor contributed from all areas of the floor. Victoria kept pace with an eight point quarter from Sitton, but UBC used their size and strength to out-rebound the Vikes 34-18 by the end of the frame, building a 55-42 lead entering the fourth quarter.
UVic’s Grant Sitton would lead all UVic scorers with 13 points against UBC on Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Any chance of a Vikes comeback was doused early in the fourth, as UBC continued to score at will, while the home side had trouble finding the net. UBC stretched their lead to 70-47 half-way through the quarter and with both sides then using their bench, outscored the Vikes 24-9 over the full frame to round out the 79-51 win.
The Thunderbirds would out-rebound UVic 45-26 Friday and one reason was centre Connor Morgan (9) who would tally seven of them (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
For the home side, fourth year forward Sitton was one of just two double-digit scorers finishing with 13 points and four rebounds. Senior Reiner Theil logged 11 points and five boards, while Jordan Charles chipped in with eight points.
UVic’s Reiner Theil heads to the hoop for two of his 11 points Friday in the loss to UBC (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Thunderbirds were led by the third-year pair of Philip Jalalpoor and Conor Morgan. Guard Jalalpoor had a game- high 16 points and seven rebounds, while Morgan posted 15 points and seven boards. Fifth-year forward David Wagner added 12 points and six rebounds while senior Will Ondrik was the fourth double-digit scorer adding 11 points. The T-Birds impressed from beyond the arc going 9-for-17, while out-rebounding the Vikes 45-26.
UVic’s Jordan Charles (10) floats to the hoop in a bid for a bucket late in Friday’s game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Vikes and T-Birds will battle again tomorrow, Jan. 30, at the CARSA Performance Gym. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast live at http://canadwest.tv.
After three losses in a row and five in the last six, Vikes Head Coach Craig Beaucamp will be looking for quick answers, as the Vikes will play a rematch with UBC on Saturday night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Game Notes: Despite the loss the Vikes’ game-night efforts resulted in $3,500 being donated to the Shoot for the Cure cancer initiative. With the win the CIS No. 10-ranked T-Birds improve to 11-4 and sit in second place in the Pioneer Division. With the win UBC head coach Kevin Hanson surpasses former Vikes coach Guy Vetrie for second on the Canada West all-time wins list, now with 246.