Clackamas alum Grant Sitton scorches the net for six treys in University of Victoria win
Sitton sizzles as Vikes drop Cascades in final home exhibition game
VICTORIA, B.C. – Third-year transfer Grant Sitton put up six three-pointers as the University of Victoria Vikes men's basketball team dropped the Fraser Valley Cascades 71-58 in exhibition on Oct. 19 at McKinnon Gym. The Vikes have just three more pre-season games before their Canada West openers on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Victoria.
Fourth-year Marcus Tibbs came to life for Victoria finishing the afternoon with 20 points, while getting the crowd off their feet on some impressive solo efforts. Sitton came off the bench for 18 points and five rebounds, while Chris McLaughlin had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Fraser Valley travelled to the island with a short bench relying on seniors Kadeem Willis and Kevon Parchment, who both finished with 16 points and played all 40 minutes. The Cascades had a surge in the third quarter, out-scoring the Vikes 17-8, but couldn't battle back from 14 turnovers and only eight offensive rebounds.
"We are definitely improved from a few weeks ago," said Craig Beaucamp, Vikes head coach, who had a 1-2 record at the Guy Vetrie Memorial Tournament two weeks ago. "The first 25 minutes we played really well offensively. We shared the ball and moved the ball. We lost it a bit in the third quarter but at this point we are looking for small wins and we had different people step up and contribute today."
Perimeter shooting was the difference in the opening quarter as the Vikes paced the visiting Cascades to a 27-20 score line after 10 minutes of play. Tibbs showed his versatility scoring from inside and from the perimeter, while third-year transfer Sitton made his presence felt going four-for-six from three-point land. The Cascades had seven early points from Willis but couldn't keep up with the Vikes' six three-pointers made.
In the second quarter the Vikes stretched their lead to 17. Tibbs started the home side on a good run putting in eight points in a row including an impressive bucket that came from a two fakes that were both in stride and beating three Cascades. Fraser Valley fifth year Willis continued to be a threat on the court and with the supporting cast of fellow veteran Parchment and third-year Nate Brown, the vistors were only out-scored 18-13 in the second.
Fraser Valley's first-half opportunities were stymied by the solid rebounding and defensive efforts of Victoria, who had 18 defensive rebounds to Fraser Valley's five. Entering half Victoria held a 45-33 lead after a buzzer-beating three-point shot from Sitton, his fifth of the night.
Following half time the Cascades found their energy as Willis drove the hoop unchallenged on numerous occasions in the third quarter. Parchment drained his second three of the night to cut the lead to three points at the end of the third quarter, while the Vikes mustered only eight points in that frame.
In the final stretch Victoria got back to their opening tempo, out-scoring Fraser Valley 18-8. Reiner Theil, last year's Canada West Defensive Player of the Year, had two huge denial blocks to keep the momentum flowing. Sitton and Tibbs both hit from the perimeter, while rookie Junior Sesay showed flashes of the grit and determination the Vikes needed.
"Junior brought some really good energy to the floor tonight," added Beaucamp about the rookie guard from Winnipeg, Man. "He brought a lot of toughness and was a real presence for us. It was great to see us getting contributions from different guys."
In the fourth quarter the Vikes went on a 10-0 run before the Cascades finally scored through former Vike and now third-year Cascade Vijay Dhillon. Fraser Valley had their own 8-0 run but Victoria's tough defence powered them to a 71-58 victory.
This is the final pre-season home game for Victoria before heading to Saskatchewan for three exhibition games in the Graham Shootout. The Vikes will play Nipissing, Grant MacEwan and Saskatchewan on Oct. 23-25. The Canada West regular season will open on Oct. 31 (8 p.m.) and Nov. 1 (7 p.m.) between Victoria and Regina. All regular season games will be broadcast live at http://uvic.canadawest.tv.
UFV: 20-13-17-8 : 58
UVIC: 27-18-8-18 : 71
UFV: Kadeem Willis (16), Kevon Parchment (16)
UVIC: Marcus Tibbs (20), Grant Sitton (18)