The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team conceded an 80-70 game to the visiting Manitoba Bisons on Day 2 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament on Sept. 28. It was a tale of two halves as the Vikes out-shot the Bisons 47-40 in the first but gave up 40 more points in the second half to seal the game and leave the Vikes 1-1 in their pre-season campaign.
Third-year Vike Scott Kellum led the charge finishing with 21 points and firing five three-pointers. Veteran Jordan Charles knocked back 14 points for his second double-digit game in a row and the Brentwood College grad also logged five assists and a team-high seven boards. Aaron Tesfagiorgis impressed with 10 of the team’s 25 points that came from the bench.
For the Bisons it was DJ Jordan Jr. whose second-half performance left him with 21 points in the game, while three others scored in double digits including André Arruda (16), James Wagner (15) and Rashawn Browne (12).
“It was competitive and I thought in the first half we played pretty solid with lots of energy,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp, whose team enjoyed nearly 1000 fans in the stands.
“There was a nice crowd out and the boys played off that. It was really defence that unravelled us on the offence side. We weren’t getting consistent stops and that translated over to the offensive.”
Kellum helped the Vikes charge to a 27-19 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Washington native was three-for-three from distance and finished with 11 first-quarter points. Manitoba was scoring by committee with three three-pointers of their own but the Vikes were able to capitalize on 10 points off Bisons turnovers. Victoria was perfect from the stripe to give the team momentum heading into the second.
Kellum and Charles each dropped a three to keep the Vikes on pace but turnovers started to plague the home side and the Bisons were able to play a bit of catch up. Third-year Bisons guard Wagner had a 13-point quarter, dropping two from distance thanks to some good vision and passing from teammate Browne. The Bisons out-scored the Vikes 21-20 in the second but Victoria held the lead, 47-40, entering the break.
With five minutes to go in the third Aaron Tesfagiorgis set the crowd off with his fake and then step-back jumper to lift the Vikes 53-49. Manitoba’s Arruda was the needed response as his three on a nifty passing play cut the Vikes’ lead to one, at 53-52, with under four minutes to go in the quarter. DJ Jordan Jr. had a strong cut to the hole and his left-hand layup tied the game at 54 as the Bisons out-scored the Vikes 21-9 to take a 61-56 advantage heading in to the fourth.
The Vikes got into foul trouble in the final minutes of the game and that sealed their fate. A few made free-throws from the Bisons and then a wild and-one play drained by Arruda gave the Bisons a 78-80 lead en route the eventual 80-70 victory.
“We are trying to get lots of guys in and get lots of different looks,” said Beaucamp. “At times in the first half we had a lot of players out there that are young and who haven’t had this experience before. It’s early and I think both teams kind of showed that. In the first half we were a little better and in the second half they were.”
Up next the Vikes will host the Ryerson Rams tomorrow, Sept. 30, at 7:00 PM. The Vikes women play at 3:00 p.m. against UNBC, while Manitoba will play Saskatchewan at 5:00 p.m. All games are broadcast live by pay-per-view at canadawest.tv and live stats can be found at canadawest.org.
1 2 3 4: F
MAN: 19 21 21 19: 80
VIC: 27 20 9 14: 70
2018 Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament
September 27, 2018
6:00 p.m. – Ryerson (86) vs. Manitoba (71)
8:00 p.m. – Victoria (85) vs. Saskatchewan (73)
September 28, 2018
4:00 p.m. – Ryerson (77) vs. Saskatchewan (66)
6:00 p.m. – Victoria (70) vs. Manitoba (80)
8:00 p.m. – Victoria women vs. UNBC
September 29, 2018
3:00 p.m. – Victoria women vs. UNBC
5:00 p.m. – Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan
7:00 p.m. – Victoria men vs. Ryerson