Oct. 2: Victoria Vikes 47, Carleton Ravens 80 (Victoria, B.C.)
It was a night of firsts at the University of Victoria as it was the official opening of the new performance gym at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA) and it happened in style. Drumlines, a ceremonial golden ball, alumni spanning five decades, a capacity crowd and an incredible atmosphere fueled the new-look Vikes men’s basketball team in their first-ever home game. Despite the 80-47 loss to the five-time defending CIS national champions, the Carleton Ravens, it was a memorable evening and just the beginning of the next chapter of Vikes basketball.
The Vikes were led in scoring by fourth-year forward Grant Sitton and fifth-year guard Brandon Dunlop, who both finished the night with 10 points. The home side, who compete this year without last year’s Canada West MVP Chris McLaughlin and regular point guard Marcus Tibbs, are still transitioning with their new squad that includes 13 players in third year or less. The home side shot 26 per cent from the field and were 6-for-22 from distance.
The Ravens, led by a pack of seniors, shot 45 per cent from the field. Fourth-year guard Kaza Kajami-Keane led all scorers with 16 points, while second year Ryan Ejim had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Rookie guard Marcus Anderson put up three three-pointers to finish the night with 13 points, while six-foot-eleven forward Cameron Smythe led the Ravens with 11 rebounds.
In the opening quarter the Ravens out-scored the Vikes 18-11 but it was a slow start for the visitors as the usual distant aces were only 7-for-20 from the field. Victoria’s Sitton was credited the opening basket for the home side while senior Mack Roth had the first three-pointer in CARSA drop. Two from the line from Derrick Twiggs got the Vikes within two, trailing 11-9, but a 7-0 run sparked the Ravens entering the second.
Following two quarters Carleton third year Smythe led visitors in scoring with nine points, while the Ravens went just 1-for-11 from beyond the arc. Fourth-year Raven Kajami-Keane entertained the crowd with quality individual effort outputs under the hoop, offensively, while the Vikes scored just 10 points in the second frame. Vikes senior Reiner Theil dropped a three late in the half to cut Carleton’s lead to 12 as the Vikes trailed 34-21 entering the break.
The start of the third quarter seemed promising as Sitton hit back-to-back threes to elate the 2,183 home fans. It was not enough as an and-one play from Carleton’s Guillaume Payen Boucard was the start of the offensive show most in the CIS are familiar with. Carleton shot 50 per cent from the field and scored 16 points on second-chance opportunities.
The powerful Ravens led by as much as 35 points toward the end of the game. Beaucamp dipped into his bench giving several Vikes newcomers opportunity to play knowing two more game still lie ahead. Rookie Taylor Montgomery-Stinson put up a big three late in the game and finished the night with five points in his debut. Captain Theil led Victoria defensively with eight rebounds, while the Vikes were out-scored 21-11 in the final frame.
Carleton continued to put on a scoring show all the way to a final score and win of 80-47. The two programs are the most storied in CIS history but tonight, the 11-time national champions, Carleton, were victorious.
For Day 2 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament at Victoria’s new performance gym, Fraser Valley will play Carleton at 3:00 p.m., while Victoria will host Saskatchewan at 7:00 p.m. The Vikes women will host UNBC at 3:00 p.m. All games will be broadcast live at canadawest.tv.
CARL: 18-16-25-21 : 80
UVIC: 11-10-15-11 : 47
Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament 2015
October 2 – Fraser Valley 82, Saskatchewan 91
October 2 – Victoria 47, Carleton 80
October 3 – Fraser Valley vs. Carleton (3:00 p.m. Pacific)
October 3 – Victoria vs. Saskatchewan (7:00 p.m. Pacific)
October 4 – Saskatchewan vs. Carleton (12:00 p.m. Pacific)
October 4 – Victoria vs. Fraser Valley (2:00 p.m. Pacific)