Braedan Willis, University of Victoria
The University of Victoria men’s basketball team were unable to secure a second win in Kamloops over the weekend. After winning the Friday night game, the Vikes fell to the Thompson Rivers WolfPack by a score of 80-70 on Nov. 10.
The loss drops the Vikes to a 2-4 record in the Canada West conference.
“We expected they would have a good bounce back game tonight,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beauchamp. “I thought we didn’t play well today. They got on a bit of a run in the third quarter and we couldn’t stop the bleeding.”
Mason Loewen led the Vikes in scoring by recording 26 points to go along with four rebounds. Jordan Charles was an assist away from a double-double finishing with 21 points and nine rebounds on the night.
Victoria found themselves in a tight match, down just three points at half time but a 33 point third quarter by the WolfPack gave Thompson Rivers enough of a lead to secure the eventual 80-70 victory over the Vikes. The visitors pushed back with a 28 point fourth quarter performance but it was not enough to complete the comeback.
“We come out with a lot of energy in the third quarter and were able to outlast Victoria,” said WolfPack head coach Scott Clark. “They put up a heck of a fight in the final quarter so we feel fortunate to have the result go our way tonight.”
The win levels Thompson River’s record to 2-2 this season.
The Vikes will travel to Alberta next weekend for another two game weekend series against the Calgary Dinos on Nov. 16-17. The games will be available live on pay-per-view at canadawest.tv.
1 2 3 4: F
TRU: 17 14 33 16: 80
VIC: 12 16 14 28: 70