Bishop’s Concludes House-Laughton tournament With Victory over Victoria
Mike Andrews – Pts: 16, Reb: 10 (4 OReb), Ast: 1, Min: 28
Tim Hunter – Pts: 15, Reb: 8, Ast: 2, Stl: 2, Min: 32
Ryan MacKinnon – Pts: 14, Reb: 3, Ast: 3, Stl: 1, Min: 28
OTTAWA,ON-With a .500+ record on the line, the Bishop’s University Gaiters came away with the 77-57 win over the University of Victoria Vikes.
Bishop’s starting five players came out strong and organized with equal team scoring in the first half, and four players with twelve or more points by the end of the game.
For the Victoria Vikes, the only source of offense came from Ryan KacKinnon who scored 14 first-half points, but could not find that same rhythm in the second half, missing all five of his shots and ending the game with fourteen points total.
Without MacKinnon’s shooting touch in the second half, the Vikes were unable to find other offensive opportunities and were outscored by twelve in the second half.
The Gaiters, however, found offense from a diverse front line including two three-pointers from Mukiya Post and strength on the low block from Mike Andrews who posted nine points and seven rebounds in first half.
Andrews said after the game, “we knew they were a big, physical team but we’re also a big, physical team so it’s just who wants it more. We just had the right mentality and the right mindset to win those fifty-fifty balls and go hard.”
After the first half, the Gaiters led the Vikes by a score of 43-35.
In the second half Victoria turned the ball over ten times, but got a nice block from Terrell Evans and were able to crash the offensive glass for some second-chance opportunities.
But Bishop’s continued to score with baskets from Sean Monplaisir, Onnex Blackwood, and Tim Hunter, who overcame a poor first half to finish with fifteen points, thirteen of which came in the second half.
In the fourth quarter Victoria was beat down low by 6’10” Mike Andrews, and on the perimeter by Onnex Blackwood. The Vikes found some scoring from senior guard Mike Acheampong, but after a Sean Monplaisir steal and fast-break basket the Gaiters were up 66-52 and had sealed the win.
Tim Hunter capped off the win with a last second three-pointer to make the final score a 20 point lead 77-57.
More important than the victory was the competitive practice that it allowed.
“We just want to feel good, and get better every day, that’s what counts. We’ve been working hard so that’s all that matters. You could see it in the film, you cound see it in the game. It was a good game, hard fought, but the better team won,” explained Hunter.
UVic plays next at home on Friday October 21 against NCAA opponent Westminster College.
Bishop’s University plays next against Laurentian, also on Friday October 21.