VICTORIA, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men's basketball team dropped their final game of 2018 71-61 to the Victoria Vikes Saturday night at the CARSA Performance Gym in Victoria, B.C. The Spartans fall to 0-10, while the Vikes improve to 4-6 in Canada West conference play.
Fifth year guard Vartan Tanielian (Byblos, Lebanon) with 14 points, third year guard Josiah Meppelink (Langley, B.C.) with 12 points and fourth year guard Ethan DaSilva (Calgary) with nine points led the Spartans, while Jordan Charles with 22 points, Mason Lowewn with 12 points, and Scott Kellum with 10 points led the Vikes.
The Spartans, who were down 41-27 at the half made a solid second half push to cut the Vikes lead to just six points, 65-59, with 1:47 remaining. But TWU was unable to complete the comeback as Victoria held on for the win.
The Vikes started the game by taking a 20-11 lead by the end of the opening quarter. Led by fifth-year Jordan Charles with five, the Vikes got points from eight different players in the first quarter to help take the early lead.
Charles kept up the offence for the Vikes in the second quarter, adding eight more points to his stat line and leading Victoria at the half. Through two quarters, second-year guard Scott Kellum had dropped four of his seven field goal attempts to help the Vikes carry a 41-27 lead heading to the locker room. Vartan Tanielian and Ethan DaSilva who each had logged five points at the break led the Spartans.
Trinity Western outscored the Vikes in the last two quarters 34-30 but were unable to generate enough offence to take over the game.
TWU Head Coach Aaron Muhic
"Our guys really played some good team ball tonight. Our defense was much better from the three point line. Tee Maberry was really good for us defensively and helped us get some key stops on defence. Josiah Meppelink and Ethan DaSilva made some big plays with there penetration. We can build on this game."
- Trinity Western finished the night shooting 40 per cent (24-60) from the field, and 24 per cent (6-25) from the three point line. While Victoria shot 43.9 per cent (25-57) from the field, and 22.7 percent (5-22) from the three point line.
- Last night the Vikes were an impressive 56.7 per cent (17-30) from the three point line.
- The Vikes had a significant advantage from the free throw line finishing 16-22 to the Spartans 7-9
TWU will be on the road for non-conference games December 18-19 at Concordia University in Portland, and then December 30 at Simon Fraser University. The Spartans will open Canada West play when they host the Winnipeg Wesmen on Jan. 4-5, while the Vikes will be at home against Regina on the same weekend.