Friday, 25 February 2011

Victoria 85, Alberta 79

6'4" Ryan MacKinnon had 20 points, including a clutch 3 from the left baseline late in the third quarter that capped a 9-2 run to restore a double digit lead and the Vikes forced Game 3 of their CW quarter-final in Edmonton with a solid road win.  The Vikes scored the first 16 points of the second quarter, primarily by pounding the ball inside to 6'8" Mike Berg, who had 8 points in the run and sloppy Alberta shot selection and decisions (4 turnovers during the run) as Victoria took a 10 point lead into halftime.  But 6'8" Jordan Baker shook off an indifferent first half with a steal, a pair of free throws and a long 3 from the right wing to key a 9-3 run that got the Golden Bears back to wihtin 4.  But Victoria was equal to the run, as MacKinnon had a slick, no-look feed inside to 6'8" Pierce Anderson, who again was a factor inside for the Vikes and then added his big 3 to put the Vikes on their way.  Later, 6'5" Marco Dolcetti hit his only shot of the game, a rainbow three with the shot clock winding down that caught nothing but net, giving the Vikes their largest lead at 15 with about 5 minutes left in the game.  Earlier, 11 first quarter points by Daniel Ferguson allowed the Golden Bears to come back from an early 8 point deficit to trail by only one after one after a slam by 6'10" Rob Dewar.  Berg helped the Vikes establish their low post game, finishing with 18 points while 6'5" Wendell Thomas, silent for much of Game One, had a big first half, scoring 9 of his 15 points.  Ferguson had 17 of his game-high 29 points in the first half while Baker had 17 of 22 points in the second half to keep Alberta close.  Victoria shot a sizzling 60% from the field and was 8 for 16 through 3 quarters from downtown in a very deserving win.  The series-deciding Game Three goes tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM MT/5 PM ET once again on SSN Canada.  Box Score

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