Golden Bears reach Classic final, holding off UVic


Alberta (17-2) 82, Victoria (8-10) 76… Golden Bears pulled away midway through the fourth quarter as 6’7″ Mamadou Gueye (game-high 21 points) got to the rim and 6’1″ Austin Waddoups hit the go-ahead 3 against the UVic zone as Alberta advanced to the championship game of the 50th Wesmen Classic.  Alberta held double digit leads in the first half but the Vikes jumped ahead by 3 early in the fourth as two reserves: 6’3″ wing Hassan Abdullahi (13 points, 8 rebounds) and 6’1″ guard J.J. Hamel-Carey combined to shoot 6-10 from three-point range and an upset brewed.  But Alberta clamped down defensively and Waddoups (19 points, 6 assists), finding open shooters (Bears went 12-25 from three-point land as a group) or 6’7″ Brody Clarke (18 points, 11 rebounds on 8-16 shooting) inside, allowing Bears to pull away.  Wayne Tucker Jr. led Vic with 15 points and hit a couple of late threes to keep it tight but Vikes could not overcome Bears depth and shot making.  The game got emotional late as Vikes 6’9″ Grant Sitton was called for a flagrant foul for wrapping his legs around a Bear as Sitton fell to the ground and Alberta’s 6’2″ Dwan Williams, coming to the aid of the teammate, confronted Sitton by standing over him and was assessed a technical foul.  Sitton later fouled out of the game.  Victoria meets Winnipeg in the third-place game this afternoon.

Also, in Montreal, UNBC defeated the host UQAM Citadins 86-80 in the second game of the first day of the Olga Hyrcak Classique.  Timberwolves face Guelph this afternoon followed by UQAM against Memorial.

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