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T-Birds comeback fails – University of British Columbia Athletics

VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes emerged victorious once again, beating the UBC Thunderbirds 96-89 to sweep the weekend at CARSA Performance Gym. The T-Birds suffer their first two losses in Canada West against a Vikes team that improved to 9-1.

Trading baskets to start the game, the Vikes held a narrow 10-8 lead over the Thunderbirds at the first timeout with just under five minutes left in the first frame. UVic would continue to build their advantage, going up 28-12 with a minute to go. One three of Grant Audu in the dying seconds, the score was 28-15 in favor of the home side in 10 minutes of play.

The Vikes would maintain a steady lead throughout the second quarter and reach the 20-point mark on a three-point shot from Matthew Ellis, 47-27. The Vikes would head into halftime with a 54-32 lead.


A bucket of Sukhman Sandhua three from Audu and a mid-range Brian Wallack jumper helped open the third quarter on a 7-2 run. Victoria then scored six unanswered points to cut their lead to 75-52 with less than a minute to go, eventually ending the quarter at 77-54.

The T-Birds began their defensive comeback, holding UVic scoreless for nearly three minutes. UBC cut the deficit to ten with straight three of James Woods and Sandhu to make the score 83-73.

Defense against Vikes

Woods would make one final push, knocking down a three then snatching a steal for an easy two shot in the six, 95-89 with 34 seconds left. It would be the closest point in the game for the ‘Birds, who ultimately survived 96-89.

Dominick Oliveri recorded a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Vikes while Ellis had 20 points and three assists.

Woods drained four three-pointers on his way to a team-high 34 points. Sandhu and Audu each added double digit numbers with 18 and 14 respectively.


Next :

The T-Birds host the Fraser Valley Cascades inside War Memorial Gym for an 8 p.m. PT caution on Friday, Feb. 11. FVU holds an 8-5 record after its last loss.