Sunday, October 5, 2014 | Men's Basketball
Written by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s basketball team put up a feisty and entertaining contest despite the loss to the four-time defending CIS champions, the Carleton Ravens. Victoria fell 80-64 in game 4 of the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament hosted at McKinnon Gym on Oct. 4. The Ravens, who have won 10 of the last 12 CIS national titles, had 56 of their points come from the lethal duo of brothers Thomas and Philip Scrubb.
The Vikes, who debuted five new faces, kept the game in check entertaining a near capacity crowd for the annual Days of Thunder game. Big man Chris McLaughlin showed his senior status, dominating with 20 points and nine rebounds. Marcus Tibbs had a pivotal third quarter and finished the night with 15 points, while the defensive efforts of Reiner Theil could not go unnoticed as the fourth-year had eight rebounds.
There isn’t much more of a story for Carleton other than the insane shooting performance from Thomas Scrubb (24 points) and Philip Scrubb (32 points). The brothers, who spent the summer with Canada’s national team program, showed why they are four-time national champions. Thomas also posted nine rebounds to Philip’s six, and Connor Wood was the next highest scorer with nine points.
Despite being out-scored 25-9 to the four-time defending CIS champions, the Vikes came to play in the opening quarter. If it weren’t for three straight three-point buckets from Thomas Scrubb, the Vikes would have been in a much more comfortable position. Regardless, Theil, McLaughlin and Marcus Tibbs helped the home team get some points on the board.
Thomas and Philip Scrubb amassed all of the Ravens’ first 21 points, while Guillaume Boucard was the only other Carleton player to score in the first quarter. Carleton’s first 12 points came from three’s, while the Vikes kept up with rebounds but were held to 35 per cent from the field.
It was all Victoria in the second frame though as McLaughlin made his six-foot-ten presence felt earning four and-one plays and putting up 12 points for the Vikes, who out-scored Carleton 23-15. Fourth-year guard Theil was all over the glass with six huge rebounds, most effectively in the offensive end.
Carleton ended the first half with 22 points from Thomas Scrubb, and 10 from Philip Scrubb, while the pair combined for 11 of the team’s 16 rebounds. The impressive second quarter allowed the Vikes to claw back to trail only 40-32 entering the break.
Senior guard Tibbs put in a solo effort to get the Vikes’ first seven points in the third quarter to bring the gap to under 10. Victor Raso stepped it up for Carleton as the Scrubb brothers cooled off. Late in the third Philip Scrubb rallied the visitors back as the Vikes came within six. The senior guard put up a three and his fifth perfect foul shot to get the Ravens up 62-48 entering the final quarter.
In the final stretch the Vikes could not find what was needed to get close despite two timely distance shots from Mack Roth and some tireless defensive work. Phillip Scrubb again silencing the home crowd with what seemed to be effortless field goals from every corner of the court.
Carleton cruised through the final minutes to a 80-64 final score to now sit 2-0 at the Guy Vetrie Memorial tournament, while the Vikes, who finished fourth at last year’s CIS championship, showed the anticipated early glimpses of pre-season.
CARL: 25-15-22-18 : 80
UVIC: 9-23-16-16 : 64
CARL: Philip Scrubb (32), Thomas Scrub (24), Connor Wood (9)
UVIC: Chris McLaughlin (20), Marcus Tibbs (15), Mack Roth (13)
Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament (at McKinnon Gym – Victoria, B.C.)
Friday, Oct. 3: Carleton Ravens 83, Bishop’s Gaiters 61
Friday, Oct. 3: Victoria Vikes 65, Alberta Golden Bears 80
Saturday, Oct. 4: Bishop’s Gaiters 79, Alberta Golden Bears 69
Saturday, Oct. 4: Victoria Vikes 64, Carleton Ravens 80
Sunday, Oct. 5: Carleton Ravens vs. Alberta Golden Bears (12:00 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 5: Victoria Vikes vs. Bishop’s Gaiters (2:00 p.m.)
All times listed in Pacific Time. All Games are streamed with live stats and video at canadawest.tv