Vikes Men’s Basketball Unable To Hold Down Resilent TRU Wolfpack

Vikes fall to 6-6 on the season

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January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vike's Guard Scott Kellum ventures into the land of the bigs to get this shot close to the net. - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

 

Photos by Erich Eichhorn / ISN

UVic Vikes Press Release, VICTORIA, BC – For the second night in a row the Thompson Rivers WolfPack used some late game heroics to stun the UVic Vikes men’s basketball team and the hometown fans inside the CARSA Performance Centre. Joe Davis scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the ‘Pack to an 81-77 victory and the weekend sweep on Jan. 6.

January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) - The UVic Vikes would use big man Justin Kinnear early with success to stay out in front of the Wolfpack. Kinnear would score fourteen points in the game. - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – The UVic Vikes would use big man Justin Kinnear early with success to stay out in front of the Wolfpack. Kinnear would score fourteen points in the game. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

“Obviously it was hard fought battle just like last night but at the end of the day the team that won both games deserved to win,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “They got stops when they needed stops and scored when they needed to score and we couldn’t string those combinations together. It’s about executing the little things that get magnified in the fourth quarter and we got outplayed in the two fourth quarters.”

The result moves both teams’ records to the .500 mark on the season. The WolfPack improve to 7-7 to sit seventh in the conference, while the Vikes are now 6-6 and are just one spot back of the ‘Pack.

January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vikes Jordan Charles turns the corner on his defender on the way to the basket for two of his eighteen points on the evening to lead his team - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vikes Jordan Charles turns the corner on his defender on the way to the basket for two of his eighteen points on the evening to lead his team – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The story of the game was a fourth quarter that saw the WolfPack turn a five-point deficit into their eventual four-point victory. A combination of some tight defence and clutch scoring led the ‘Pack to their second straight come from behind win.

“It was a tight game, they went out on us a couple times there and we just stayed with the process. If that game went a little bit longer it could have been tied again, basically the clock ran out and we just happened to be up by four,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “Hats off to Victoria, they are a quality basketball team with a quality coaching staff and we were very fortunate to come away with a win.”
Davis scored a game-high 29 points in his 31 minutes on the floor and was the focal of point of the WolfPack comeback.

January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) - Vike's Scott Kellum proved valuable for his team late controlling the play and shooting 4/11 for eleven points. - Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)
January 6, 2018 Victoria, BC (ISN) – Vike’s Scott Kellum proved valuable for his team late controlling the play and shooting 4/11 for eleven points. – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

“He is a guy that can score,” said Clark. “He made big plays when they were needed and that’s what great competitors do; they like the opportunity to play in this type of atmosphere and those situations so I am happy for Joe.”

Luke Morris added 19 points for the visitors and Mike Rouault rounded out the scoring with 11 points and six rebounds.

Jordan Charles was the standout for the Vikes as the fourth-year guard scored 18 points, going 7-for-14 from the floor. Justin Kinnear banged down low for 14 points and Scott Kellum shot 50 per cent from beyond the arc in back-to-back games en route to 11 points.