Cameron Doherty, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – For the second night in a row a dominant quarter led the Calgary Dinos to victory over the UVic Vikes on the hard court at the CARSA Performance Gym.
A 21-11 advantage in the third quarter helped the Dinos secure a 97-72 victory on November 12.
"I was happy with our effort and our energy," said Vikes head coach Craig Beaucamp. "It didn't necessarily show up on the scoreboard but we were quite a bit better than we were last night."
Grant Sitton was the top scorer for the Vikes with 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting from the floor. Scott Kellum chipped in 14 points while Jake Newman recorded 11 points and nine rebounds.
Mambi Diawara led the Dinos with 24 points on three-for-four shooting from beyond the arc while Thomas Cooper scored 23.
"We did some good things but we had a difficult time stopping them from scoring all night," said Beaucamp. "That's going to be the difference between us beating or losing to a top five team in the country."
Both teams came out of the gates shooting the ball extremely well. Calgary shot 56 per cent from the field in the first quarter, but the Vikes stuck with them by nailing six of the eight shots they took from three-point land.
The Dinos, the No. 4 ranked team in the nation, gained some separation in the second quarter and had a 47-40 lead at half time.
Calgary stretched that lead in the third, shooting a perfect seven-for-seven from the charity stripe and seven-for-14 from the field.
The fourth quarter saw the Vikes put in a great effort to try and work their way back into the game but the Dinos were able to answer any run that UVic strung together en route to the 97-72 victory.
"I thought we played better tonight, our focus was better, but on the defensive side of the ball we still need to improve," said Beaucamp.
Calgary has a week off ahead of them, before they head to Lethbridge for a game against the Pronghorns on November 24.
The Vikes will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Edmonton for a pair of games against the MacEwan Griffins on the 18 and 19.
Both games can be watched on Canadawest.tv
UVIC: 23-17-11-21: 72
CGY: 25-22-21-29: 97
UVIC: Grant Sitton (17), Scott Kellum (14), Jake Newman (11)
CGY: Mambi Diawara (24), Thomas Cooper (23), Lars Schleuter (11)