By Ali Baggott, Vikes Communications
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team fell 86-74 to concede the weekend sweep to the No. 3-ranked Calgary Dinos at the Jack Simpson Gym on Sunday afternoon.
The game slipped away in favour of the home side in the fourth quarter as the Vikes trailed by as much as 15, while they were tied at 46 mid-way through the third. The Vikes were led in scoring by Mason Loewen (16 points), Scott Kellum (15 points) and Jordan Charles (13 points), while Taylor Montgomery-Stinson contribute three three-pointers. Charles and fifth year Jake Newman each had seven rebounds for their team, which shot 34 per cent from the field.
“We don’t really have a lot of room for error and they had a couple guys who stood up and made some plays offensively,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. “Every possession is pretty important but bottom line is when we needed to get some key stops and we didn’t get them.”
Brett Layton led the Dinos with 21 points, six rebounds, and four blocks on 9-of-11 shooting. Mambi Diawara and Lars Schlueter each had 16 points and David Kapinga had 13 points. As a team the Dinos shot well from the field finishing the game shooting 50 per cent. The Vikes responded after a loss last night nailing 13 three pointers to keep themselves in the game.
The Dinos showed early why there are ranked No. 3 in the country as the reigning U SPORTS National Champions got ahead 11-3 through the early minutes of the game and rarely looked back. Vikes guard Kellum put up five quick points to give the Vikes some momentum that continued with Graeme Hyde-Lay and Montgomery-Stinson each knocking back a three as the visitors trailed 22-14 heading in to the first break.
In the second quarter, the Vikes showed strides of keeping pace with Calgary, out-scoring them 20-14 thanks to the Vikes sharing their scoring duties. Loewen and Jesse Barnes pulled up for a few quick jumpers, while a Charles three got the Vikes within four, down 28-24. A Lucas Mannes three continued to give the Dinos a cushion on their lead but first year Aaron Tesfagiorgis came off the bench to contribute to the Vikes’ outside scoring. Layton kept the Dinos in check finishing off the quarter with a layup and two from the charity stripe to give Calgary the 36-34 edge at half time.
In the third quarter the Vikes showed their potential and ran the Dinos with some quality ball movement. The teams traded buckets as Charles responded to Layton and a Loewen three answered a Mambi Diawara three early in the second half. The baskets continued to fall for both sides and a Charles three-pointer gave the Vikes a 46-45 lead early in the third. Calgary’s Schlueter put the Dinos back ahead with an unanswered layup and then a three on the next play. Well-rounded scoring from Calgary including some gritty drives to the hoop from Layton, Mannes and Kapinga gave the Dinos a 66-56 edge heading in to the final quarter.
Calgary out-shot the Vikes 20-18 in the final quarter and although the Vikes continued to knock back shots and make plays to get to the hoop it was not enough. Calgary scored 21 points off Vikes turnovers and led for nearly 37 minutes in the game, showing why they are a Top-3 team in the country. The game ended as an 86-74 victory for the Dinos, who improve to 8-0, while the VIkes fall to 2-6.
The Dinos are in Winnipeg, Man. next weekend to take on the Manitoba Bisons, while the Vikes return home to take on the Trinity Western Spartans, Nov. 23-24. All games will be live on canadawest.tv.
CGY: 22 – 14 – 30 – 20 : 86
VIC: 14 – 20 – 22 – 18 : 74