Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
October 22, 2017, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The UVic Vikes men’s basketball team wrapped up their 2017-2018 pre-season schedule Sunday afternoon by dropping an 83-80 decision to the visiting Seattle Mountaineers at the CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria.
The loss snaps the Vikes four-game pre-season winning streak, one that included victories against Bishop’s University (92-84) and the University of Waterloo (94-86) and a pair of wins over Fraser Valley (76-53 and 71-58). It also drops their overall pre-season record to 5-3.
Victoria opens the regular Canada West season next week, with home games against UBC Okanagan on Friday and Saturday October 27th and 28th.
The Mountaineers, a semi-professional travelling team based in Everett, Washington, are comprised of a number of former NCAA players and today’s game marked their fourth trip into British Columbia this season, with wins over Fraser Valley (77-74) and Trinity Western (105-103) in September and a 107-77 loss to UBC in Vancouver Saturday evening.
Sunday’s game started well for the Vikes as they built a 23-18 lead after a quarter of play, but the Mountaineers would outscore the Vikes 24-17 in the second quarter to take a 42-40 lead into the half.
The Vikes would battle back with a 26-point third quarter to lead by one, 66-65 at the third intermission, but in a game that featured 16 lead changes, the Mountaineers would hold the Vikes to just 14 points in the fourth quarter, their lowest quarter output of the game, to emerge with the 83-80 win.
Leading the way for the Mountaineers was forward James Watson with 22 points, while Michael Dupree with 17, Kadeem Stewart with 12 and Dimitri Amos with 10, also hit double figures. Watson also added seven rebounds to lead both teams in that category.
For the Vikes, guard Mason Loewen scored 18 points, while Jordan Charles and Justin Kinnear added 13 and 12 points respectively in the losing effort.
The Vikes would hit 53% of their shots from the field, but struggle at the three-point line, hitting just 6 of their 19 shots and also hitting just 55.6% from the free throw line. Seattle hit 50% on their field goals and from three-point land, but hit 83% from the free throw line, a crucial difference in sealing their win down the stretch.
The Vikes now look forward to a good week of practice and the Canada West home opener Friday against UBC Okanagan. That game tips off at 8:00 pm Friday at the CARSA Performance Gym.
Women Finish Pre-Season With Win
On the women’s side of the hardwood, the Lady Vikes wrapped their pre-season last weekend with a 87-52 win over Regina in a game played in Calgary. They finished their pre-season with a 2-2 record, defeating Fraser Valley 58-41, while dropping games to the same Cascades 72-60 and to Calgary 73-59. The women also begin their Canada West season Friday against UBC Okanagan, with tip-off at CARSA scheduled for 6:00 pm.