Saturday, 19 January 2008

Dyck puts T-Birds in driver's seat after big road win

UBC (15-4, 13-4) 79, Victoria (13-10, 12-5) 76 Before a jam-packed, season-high crowd of 2,500 fans in Victoria, 6'3" Chris Dyck made a triumphant return to the T-Birds lineup with 25 points, getting to the rim off the dribble and generally controlling the game offensively, as UBC grabbed a one-game lead plus the tie-breaker advantage atop Canada West's Pacific Division. Dyck scored the first 5 points of the fourth quarter to give the T-Birds a 13 point lead and UBC held on despite the Vikes having a look at 3 with a chance to tie the game on the final possession. Once again Ron Rauch of the Victoria Times-Colonist provides his thoughts this morning T-Birds vault to top of division with win over Vikes, describing the atmosphere as "electric"; Mike Tucker's story T-Birds take battle for first place plus UBC/UVic Box Score plus T-Birds beat rival Vikes behind Dyck (UBC site)

With just six games remaining in the Canada West regular season, UBC now can clinch home court throughout the Pacific Division playoffs by going 5-1 in their last six games which include at Trinity Western (twice), home against Alberta and Saskatchewan and at Thompson Rivers, at Fraser Valley. Victoria finishes with a pair of games at Simon Fraser, games at home against Saskatchewan and Alberta and then at Fraser Valley, at Thompson Rivers. The Vikes must finish one game ahead of UBC to claim first place. That is, even if the Vikes sweep their remaining 6 games, UBC would have to go 4-2 for Vic to take the Pacific regular season crown.

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