Men's Basketball Provincial Champions

March 6th, 2016


VIU wins Men's Basketball Provincial GOLD !! 


In the men’s 2016 PACWEST Basketball Provincial Championship’s gold medal match, the undefeated and heavy favorite VIU Mariners faced the #6 Camosun Chargers. The PACWEST was awarded the men’s basketball wildcard so both teams had already qualified for the CCAA National Championship March 16-19 at Keyano College in Alberta prior to the game.

VIU proved their dominance right out of the gate as they outrebounded the Chargers 16-5 and took a 24-19 lead after the first quarter. John Thompson contributed 10 points for the Mariners and Mathew Hampton led the way for the Chargers with 7 points in the quarter.

Thompson continued to heat up from deep as he hit two 3-pointers early in the quarter to extend the Mariner lead to 37-26 with seven minutes to play before halftime.  But the Chargers would not go away as they went on a run behind a huge steal by Hampton to bring them within three, 39-36 with 3:56 to play in the half. Mariners’ Thompson hit four 3-pointers for 24 points and Hampton led the Chargers with 14 points in the half. 

Coming back from the break up 49-42, the Mariners were able to extend their lead to make it 61-46 with under five minutes to play in the third. From there, it was all VIU, as they outscored the Chargers 25-4 in the third quarter to go up 74-46 heading into the final quarter of play. The Mariners maintained complete control to win the PACWEST gold medal with a blowout win of 97-73 over the Chargers.

Player of the game John Thompson hit eight 3-pointers in the win for the Mariners. The Chargers were led by Mathew Hampton who finished off the night with 16 points and 5 rebounds.

Following the game, the men’s tournament all-stars were announced: Dallas Searles (Quest), Evan Woodson (Camosun), Mathew Hampton (Camosun), Jason Fortin (VIU) and Josh Ross (VIU). VIU’s John Thompson was named tournament MVP

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