Story by Cameron Doherty, Vikes Communications
Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
VICTORIA – The reigning Canada West champion and No. 4 ranked team in the nation – the Calgary Dinos – stormed onto the court at the CARSA Performance Gym Friday night and walked away with a 101-75 win over the UVic Vikes in U Sports Men’s Basketball action.
“The thing that hurt us the most is that we lost a lot of confidence in ourselves early in the game,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Their pressure disrupted us and once we lost confidence, everything kind of went sideways after that.”
Last season’s Canada West MVP, Thomas Cooper led the way for Calgary. Cooper scored 30 points on four-for-seven shooting from beyond the three-point line.
At the start of the game the Vikes looked more than equal to the task of taking on the Dinos. Shooting 53 per cent from the field, UVic went shot-for-shot with Calgary and the teams were tied 22-22 after the first quarter.
The second quarter is where the Dinos pulled away.
34 points in the frame gave Calgary a 56-37 lead at the half.
“We had too many turnovers early on, especially in the second quarter, that resulted in a lot of easy baskets for them,” said Beaucamp. “We have to limit how many easy baskets we let them have.”
While Victoria battled back to only be outscored by five points the rest of the way, the damage had already been done, and the Dinos walked away with a 101-75 victory.
“We have to be better in every area, but the biggest thing is we have to believe, have confidence in ourselves and not lose that confidence too easily,” said Beaucamp.
These same two teams are back in action Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. for the second game of their weekend double-header.
The game can be watched live on Canadawest.tv
UVIC: 22-15-17-21: 75
CGY: 22-34-22-23: 101