Vikes Communications

It’s not often that momentum can be gained from a loss, but that’s exactly the situation the University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team find themselves in as they head to Edmonton for two games on November 18 and 19 against the MacEwan Griffins.

“There are some positive things we can build off of from the second night, our overall performance on both sides of the ball was better in some areas,” said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp.

The opening tip is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on the 18 and 6:00 p.m. on the 19.

With the Griffins previously playing in the now defunct Explorer’s division of Canada West basketball, the two programs have not never met in either a regular season or playoff game.

Last Time Out

The Calgary Dinos, the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, came into the CARSA Performance Gym and picked up two straight wins over the Vikes.

While it may not have been reflected on the scoreboard, the Vikes showed great resolve in battling back on the second night and were right with the Dinos until a big third quarter from Calgary separated the teams.

The Griffins split their games against the University of Regina Cougars last weekend.

Fourth-year forward Ryan Coleman came off the bench to score 21 points in the Griffins 88-84 victory over the Cougars.

“They do great job of moving the ball and making the extra pass,” said Beaucamp. “We have to be good defensively for the entire shot clock because they are a team that is patient and moves the ball side-to-side very well.”

By the Numbers

15.8: The number of points per game Fifth-year Vike Grant Sitton is scoring to lead the team.

19.8: MacEwan likes to move the ball. They lead Canada West with the most assists per game.

75: The number of free throws MacEwan has made through four games, second most in the conference.

Coach’s Take 
Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach

“The toughest thing for a young team that’s looking to develop is keeping an open mind set when you face challenges. We need to treat every experience, whether it’s a positive or a negative one, as a learning experience.”

“Hopefully we can keep the big prize in mind and work on getting better each and every weekend. We played a really good team last weekend that stretched us in a lot of areas both offensively and defensively.”

Game Info

Friday, Nov. 18 – 7:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins @ Edmonton, AB– Watch live

Saturday, Nov. 19 – 6:00 p.m. – @ MacEwan Griffins @ Edmonton, AB – Watch live

MacEwan Griffins (1-3)
CIS National Ranking: N/A
Canada West Standings: t-13
Last Week: 1-1
Streak: L 1
Last Canada West Title: N/A
Last CIS Title: N/A

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