Sunday, 25 October 2009

Victoria 76, Fraser Valley 64

from Mike Tucker at UVic Sports Info....

A balanced scoring attack and tight defensive effort led the UVic Vikes men's basketball team to their first victory of the season after handing the Fraser Valley Cascades a 76-64 loss.

Four scorers reached double figures, led by a 16-point performance from transfer point guard Zac Andrus. Andrus, who joined the Vikes via Whatcom College, shot 5-6 from the floor and matched those numbers at the free-throw line.

"I was a little nervous in the first game, but felt way more comfortable tonight," said Andrus, who also passed out four assists. "This team is still getting to know each other and there's a lot of room for improvement."

The Vikes had a much-improved effort on defence from Friday's loss to Alberta. The Vikes defence tightened as the game wore on and held the Cascades to 38.9 percent shooting and won the battle of the 'boards 38-31.

Ryan MacKinnon paced the offense early with 15 points, while Cyril Indome and Nick Adair had big second halves, finishing with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Eight of Indome's points came in the second half, while Adair scored five and added five rebounds in the final quarter, to stave off the Cascades comeback.

Fraser Valley's Kyle Grewal held the game's scoring high with a 17-point effort. The Surrey native completed the double-double with 12 rebounds. BC High School championship teammates Joel Friesen and Jasper Moedt, formerly of Yale, scored 13 and 11, respectively. The 6-foot-7 Moedt also had seven rebounds.

Earlier, the Carleton Ravens cruised to an 84-64 decision over the Alberta Golden Bears. The defending CIS champs outscored Alberta 27-17 in the final frame to take a comfortable win.

Carleton will play the Vikes in Sunday's tournament finale, with a 3 p.m. tip-off at McKinnon Gym. The game is a rematch of the 2006 CIS title game, which the Ravens won 73-67.

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