Uvic Men’s basketball kicked off last weekend with a three game tournament at Carlton University in Ottawa.
The pre-season tournament was the first test of head coach Craig Beacamp’s summer recruiting missions that saw nine new additions to the squad this year ahead of the start of the season November 4th.
The Vikes opened the tournament with a 77-56 thrashing of the Guelph Gryphons last Friday night. Guard Zach Andrus, one of the the Vikes returnees from last year, led the way with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
Michael Berg, also back from last year, had 11 points while new comers Reiner Theil and Michael Acheampong had 11 and 10 points respectively in their Vike’s debut.
The story of this game was Uvic’s stingy defence, as the Gryphons shot just 30% from the field.
The next night saw a much tougher challenge, defending CIS champions and tourny hosts Carlton Ravens. The Ravens came into the game fresh from a 103-61 beatdown of the Bishop’s Gaiters to remain undefeated against Canadian teams in the pre-season.
The Vikings played the Ravens close, down only four at the half but were unable to come back for the upset.
A 25-8 second half Carlton run proved to be the deciding blow as the Ravens edged the Vikes 80-65. Ryan MacKinnon led the Vikes with 19 points while Michael Berg continued his strong play with 11 points and nine rebounds.
Sunday saw the Vikes close the tournament against the Bishop’s Gaiters in a game they were never really in.
The Gaiters took an eight point lead into the half and followed it up by holding the Vikes to just nine third quarter points en route to a 77-57 win.
Ryan MacKinnon once again led the way with 14 points while Pierce Anderson contributed 12.
The team will be an action at UVic this Friday and Saturday for a pair of pre-season tune-ups.
Coach Beaucamp took off to Mexico after the tournament to join the Canadian coaching staff for the upcoming Pan-Am Games, so coaching duties this weekend and the next will fall to assistant Craig Behan.
Beaucamp will re-join the team in time for the season opener at Trinity Western on November 4th.