Basketball teams split at UNBC

November 21st, 2010

MEN'S BASKETBALL

This past weekend the Mariners made the long grueling trip up to Prince George and came home with a split. It was a much needed win over the reigning National champions. Mentally it is big for our team as we were unable to win one against them last year, despite leading on a couple of occasions. Of course, like every weekend we were wanting to win both. But splitting against the number two ranked team in the country in their home building...we will take it.

Friday night it was clear from the start that buckets were going to be hard to come by, as the game was very physical and a defensive battle. We ended the half down 35-33. The start of the second half the Timberwolves got it rolling in their home opener. At one point the Mariners trailed by as much as 16. However, the guys just never quite fighting and battled their way right back into the game. We got to the line with about 6 seconds to go and had a chance to tie, but unfortunately down 1 point the second free throw rattled in and out.  The Mariners had to foul and ended up losing the game 91-89.  The guys showed a lot of fight late in the game, which gave them confidence heading into Saturday's game. Andrew Kaban was outstanding and led VIU with 26. The Mariners also had Jacob Thom with 17, Pat McCarthy with 13 and 7 boards, Joel Schat with 11, and Tyler Olsen with 10.

Saturday the Mariners used the momentum gained from the end of the previous night to get off to a great start. We made a few technical adjustments defensively which helped create several Unbc turnovers early on, putting us out to a nice lead in the first quarter. The Mariners went into the half up 43-29. The second half was a different story, and VIU boys are all to familiar with this story. Unbc began to ride the energy of the crowd and started to battle back. However, unlike last season this year the Mariners were able to hold on for an 81-77 win. A great team win, against a very good basketball team, in a very tough place to play. Kaban had 21 on the night, while Thom had a very nice game with 19 and 8 assists. Mike Wohlers and Tyler Olsen chipped in with 14 and 12 respectively.

The VIU men finish the first half of season off this coming weekend over in Vancouver against a  young and exciting Langara Falcons squad.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

A great weekend for our team in Prince George.  On Friday we had our changes to win, leading by 1 after the 3rd quarter but went cold from the field and ended up losing by 7.  I thought we played well enough to win, but couldnt score down the stretch.  On Saturday we put together one of our best defensive efforts of the season.  After trailing 18-13 after the first quarter, we held UNBC to 23 points over the next three quarters winning by 21.  This was a huge win for us in Prince George as they have not lost a league game there in years.  This will definently build our confidence for future road league games.