House-Laughton: Sterling defensive effort leads Vikes over Western; Ravens win

Victoria (2-3) 68, Western (1-1) 55… The Vikes turned the screws defensively, holding Western to just 2-26 from 3 for the game including a stretch where the Mustangs missed 13 of 14 shots from the field overall during a game-deciding stretch in the third quarter to knock off the Mustangs.  With Western leading by 7 at 36-29 after a three by 6’1″ Alex Coote (14 points), Victoria took off on a 20-6 run that featured several missed Western 3’s.  Later when the Mustangs got the game back to within 5 early in the fourth, Victoria authored a 15-1 run, highlighted by back-to-back threes by 6’7″ Grant Sitton (21 points, 9 rebounds) and 6’1″ Scott Kellum – Vikes were 8 for 17 from downtown overall – to take a 19 point lead late and seal it.  Victoria paid special attention to Western’s pair of impact guards as 6’0″ Eriq Jenkins and 6’1″ Omar Shiddo combined for just 7 points on a collective 3-20 shooting, missing all 10 of their 3’s.  Victoria played without 6’6″ Jake Newman, the transfer from Lafayette NCAA D1 who spent some time with Carleton a couple of years ago.

Carleton (5-0) 82, Laval (1-4) 52… Ravens held Rouge et Or to just 5 second-half field goals and 20% shooting from the floor, busting out to a comfortable win at the Raven’s Nest.  Laval hung in for much of the first half, trailing by only 11 at the half but Ravens cleaned up the glass and guarded as 6’4″ Connor Wood had 15 points on 4-5 3’s and 6’2″ Kaza Keene broke out of a shooting slump making both of his 3’s for 13 points.  Laval did a decent job of chasing Carleton off the 3 point line (only 19 3’s attempted) but could not overcome suffocating “d” in the loss.



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