By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications, Photos by Erich Eichhorn (ISN)
November 2, 2012, VICTORIA, B.C. - The University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team paced the UBC Okanagan heat 73-48 in their Canada West home opener on Friday at McKinnon Gym.
Fifth-year Michael Acheampong (Toronto, Ont.) and fourth-year Terrell Evans (Las Vegas, NV) were fueled by the crowd of almost 2,000 to combine for 38 of the VIkes' points.
Evans put in an important 10-point third quarter for the Vikes and ended the night iwth 17 points and nine rebounds, while Acheampong drained five outside shots on route to a 21-point game. Six-foot-ten Chris McLaughlin (Oakville, ON) added eight points, including two first-half dunks, and seven rebounds for the win.
Vikes Basketball fans packed McKinnon Gym Friday night to watch the Men's Basketball team record their first win of the Canada West season– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The visitors were led by fourth-year Azi Fahandeg-Sadi, whose huge third-quarter run propelled him to 16 points and five rebounds in the game. Ed Dane Medi, from Rome, Italy, chipped in 10 points for the Heat, who were out-shot in every quarter.
"I'm happy that we have started the season off on the right foot," said Craig Beaucamp, Vikes men's basketball head coach. "We weren't as sound as I would have liked us to be and (UBC Okanagan) played very well tonight. It was a very competitive game."
Vikes guard Michael Acheampong attacks the hoop against the Heat's big men for two points – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
The Vikes started the game in exciting fashion as Evans hit a huge dunk on only their second bucket to get the UVic crowd roaring on their feet. Acheampong added to the atmosphere as the senior was perfect on every first quarter attempt, including draining his first two field goal attempts and one from the perimeter.
The UBC Okanagan starting line of four players in their fouth year struggled to get on the board, as the majority of the first-quarter points came from the Heat's bench line of fourth-year Medi, rookie Greet Gill and second-year Julian Asselstine. UBC Okanagan trailed the Vikes 19-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Vikes subsitute guard Reiner Thiel would shoot 1-4 from behind the arc, contributing 8 points against the Heat Friday night – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In the opening minutes of the second quarter, fourth-year Heat guard Fahandeg-Sadi helped the visitors find some room, as the Kelowna native notched the first five points for his team. The Vikes rebounded with some quick free throws and a big dunk from senior Pierce Anderson to gain a 17-point advantage.
UBC Okanagan caught up within one after two key free throws from second-year Bret Macdonald. The home side, still boistered by their rowdy student-filled stands, over came the one-point lead with two minutes to go in the half after an eight point unanswered streak sent the Vikes up by 11 points. In that run, Acheampong hit a huge shot from well-outside the arc at the shot clock buzzer further propelling the Vikes.
Vike's Cheer Squad kept fans entertained during timeouts Friday night – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
In the first half, UBC Okanagan conceded four shot clock violations, while the Vikes hit three dunks and four huge treys to run away with a 38-29 lead at half time.
The Vikes opened the second half in true home court advantage fashion, as Evans and Acheampong hit back-to-back threes less than two minutes in. Evans' bucket from long-range came after being kept off the score board entirely in the second quarter.
Fahandeg-Sadi played catch up for the Heat, helping the visitors get within 10 points of the Vikes and keep the home side off the board for almost seven minutes. Despite the lack of scoring from the Vikes, a good defensive game from rookie Kyle Peterson (Edmonton) helped minimize damage.
Vikes 2nd-string guard Vijay Dhillon drives baseline against a Heat defender, getting some floortime late in the game -– Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
Fahandeg-Sadi scored nine of the Heat's 13 third-quarter points, while Evans eventually responded with 10 of his own. The Vikes out-shot the Heat 17-13 to end the third quarter with a 55-42 edge.
In the fourth quarter the Vikes ran away with the game with as much as 25 point lead. Brin Taylor and Acheampong each nailed a shot from outside the arc as the Vikes stormed to a 73-48 victory.
#11 Pierce Anderson tries to drive on Heat player Ed Dane Medi looking to find his way to the net – Erich Eichhorn image ( www.allsportmedia.ca )
"Kyle really had a great game for us, running team defensively," added Beaucamp about the first year's performance. "Our key guys Terrell and Mike need to be consistent scorers for us and tonight they really were."
With the win, the Vikes improve to a 1-0 record, while the Heat drop 0-1. Both teams will see each other again tomorrow, Nov. 3, in their second Canada West match up at McKinnon gym with tip off scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv.
SCORING BY QUARTER
UBCO: 14-15-13-6 : 48
UVIC: 19-19-17-18 :73
UBCO: Azir Fahandeg-Sadi (16 pts), Ed Dane Medi (10 pts)
UVIC: Michael Acheampong (21 pts), Terrell Evans (17 pts), Reiner Theil & Chris McLaughlin (8 pts)