Vikes home-opener spoiled by potent Dinos

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The Vikes Grant Sitton (0) and his teammates had a tough time gettting past Thomas Cooper (2) and the rest of the Calgary Dinos Friday as the Vikes dropped a 101-75 decision in their home opener (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

UVic's Grant Sitton (0) looks for a way past Calgary defender Connor Foreman (14) during Friday's action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
UVic’s Grant Sitton (0) looks for a way past Calgary defender Connor Foreman (14) during Friday’s action (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“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.”

UVics' Wayne Tucker Jr. (9) hangs in mid-air on the way to two of his 19 points in the loss to Calgary Friday. Tucker would lead all Vikes scorers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
UVics’ Wayne Tucker Jr. (9) hangs in mid-air on the way to two of his 19 points in the loss to Calgary Friday. Tucker would lead all Vikes scorers (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

Wayne Tucker Jr. scored 11 points in the first quarter and 19 in the game to lead the Vikes, while first-year Vike Scott Kellum put up 18.

The Vikes Jake Newman (6) drives the baseline on Calgary defender Lars Schlueter (10). Newman would finish with 6 points on the night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Vikes Jake Newman (6) drives the baseline on Calgary defender Lars Schlueter (10). Newman would finish with 6 points on the night (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

Calgary's Thomas Cooper (2) would be a one-man Vikes wrecking crew, scoring 30 points to lead all scorers in the Dinos 101-75 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Calgary’s Thomas Cooper (2) would be a one-man Vikes wrecking crew, scoring 30 points to lead all scorers in the Dinos 101-75 win (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

UVic's Scott Kellum (3) soars to the net Friday. Kellum would score 18 points in the losing effort (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
UVic’s Scott Kellum (3) soars to the net Friday. Kellum would score 18 points in the losing effort (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

The second quarter is where the Dinos pulled away.

34 points in the frame gave Calgary a 56-37 lead at the half.

The Vikes Wayne Tucker Jr. (9) would lead all UVic scorers with 19 points Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Vikes Wayne Tucker Jr. (9) would lead all UVic scorers with 19 points Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“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.”

Players battle for rebound position as a Scott Kellum free-throw heads toward the hoop (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Players battle for rebound position as a Scott Kellum free-throw heads toward the hoop (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

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.

The Vikes Scott Kellum looks for a way out of trouble as he is surrounded by a trio of Calgary defenders Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Vikes Scott Kellum looks for a way out of trouble as he is surrounded by a trio of Calgary defenders Friday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)

“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

SCORING SUMMARY
UVIC: 22-15-17-21: 75
CGY: 22-34-22-23: 101

SCORING LEADERS
UVIC: Wayne Tucker Jr. (19), Scott Kellum (18), Jake Newman (8)

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