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UVic Vikes basketball team wins 16th straight game

Victory over University of Northern British Columbia wraps up regular season

Sixteen was indeed sweet for the University of Victoria Vikes in Saturday’s Canada West men’s basketball game in Prince George.

The Vikes won their 16th straight game with an 89-69 victory over the University of Northern British Columbia Timberwolves (6-12) to wrap up the regular season 17-1 in the Canada West conference.

It’s like the good old days with the resurgent Vikes, ranked No. 5 in Canada, back in the U Sports national top 10 after a few seasons of failing to break into what was once a regular home for the team. .

Scott Kellum, the Vikes’ fifth-year guard and all-time leading scorer, came out in style in his final blue-and-gold regular-season game with 22 points and seven rebounds. The Issaquah, Wash., native threw well from the outside and made all three attempts to add to his team career-high three points.

Trent Monkman had 15 points for UVic and Diego Maffia and Sergio Pereira nine points apiece.

The Vikes were 61.3 percent from the floor and 31 percent beyond the three-point arc.

All 11 players dressed for the game hit the ground running for UVic.

The Canada West playoffs begin Thursday with Calgary and Lethbridge hosting the opening rounds.

In the Canada West women’s game in Prince George, the UVic Vikes (11-7) capped off their regular season with a 75-68 win over UNBC (9-9) buoyed by 18 points from Ashlyn Day , fifth-year shooter The 16-year-old Calli McMillan and rookie forward and former Alberta provincial team player Mimi Sigue had 14 points and seven rebounds. Fifth-year forward Aleah Ashlee finished the regular season portion of her UVic career with nine points.

The Vikes were perfectly efficient on offense shooting 46.2% from the field and 32% from three-point field.

The Canada West playoffs begin Thursday.

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