VICTORIA – The Victoria Vikes outscored the Trinity Western Spartans 4-0 in the final four minutes to earn a 69-65 win over TWU Saturday night at the CARSA Performance Gym
"This was a good weekend for our team. Again tonight we competed. Down the stretch we had opportunities to get big stops and we did. We just did not have some shots fall during crunch time," commented TWU head coach Aaron Muhic. "Patrick was again big on both ends of the floor. Matt Hayashi had one of his best games of the season and Josiah Allison hit some big shots. I am pleased with our effort and I am hopeful we can continue to build during these last few weeks."
Despite picking up two losses on the weekend, the Spartans were in both games until the bitter end and just failed to find the scoring touch in the final minutes.
"It was a lot better game tonight for us, our defence was a little bit better and closer to how we want to play," said Spartans head coach Aaron Muhic. "We communicated a lot better."
For the second game in a row Patrick Vandervelden paced the Spartans, recording a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Josiah Allison was clutch from long distance, scoring 12 points while going three-from-four three-point land. Max Viitala rounded out the scoring for the Spartans with 12 points and six boards.
First-year Vike Scott Kellum led the way offensively for Victoria, missing just two shots all night as he went eight-for-ten from the field and five-for-six from beyond the arc. Justin Kinnear had a strong game down low, scoring 13 points. Grant Sitton rounded out the scoring with 11 points of his own to go along with five rebounds.
The loss drops the Spartans to 2-14 on the year, a playoff spot may be out of sight this season but the two hard-fought losses on the road are a sign that the team is trending in the right direction.
"I am proud of the way we fought, it was good for us even though we didn't come out on top," said Muhic.
Trinity Western is back in action next weekend when they travel to Calgary to play the Mount Royal Cougars on February 3 and 4.
The win moves the Vikes to 7-9 on the year, where they are now locked in a four-way tie for ninth in the Canada West conference.
The Vikes will get the chance to play one of the teams they are tied with when they travel to Abbotsford to take on the Fraser Valley Cascades February 3 and 4.
Game Notes: The Spartans shot 39.1 percent (27-69) from the field, while the Vikes shot 42.6 percent (26-61) …TWU was 4-7 from the foul line, while Victoria was 9-14…both teams pulled down 35 rebounds and had 12 turnovers…neither team led by more than six points in a game that had 12 lead changes and 12 ties…