The University of Alberta Golden Bears answered back Saturday night in their marquee Canada West men’s basketball set against the University of Victoria Vikes.
The Golden Bears (3-3) defeated UVic 89-84 in Edmonton after the Vikes won 92-71 on Friday night.
UVic (4-2) is the third-ranked team in the U Sports national top-10 poll and the Golden Bears are ranked No. 5 behind the top-ranked Carleton Ravens and second-ranked University of Ottawa Gee Gees. The Brock Badgers are No. 4.
Diego Maffia led UVic with 21 points Saturday while Elias Ralph scored 17 and Trent Monkman 11 in a reprise of last year’s Canada West playoff final won by the Vikes. Rookies Izzy Helman and Renoldo Robinson scored 10 points each.
Alberta (5-1) defeated UVic (2-4) 73-50 in the earlier Canada West women’s game in Edmonton. Kate Johnson led the Vikes with 16 points while Ashlyn Day, who led Canada West with a 34.0 points-per-game scoring average going into the weekend, added 14 points.
The Vikes teams return home to face the Trinity Western Spartans next Friday and Saturday at CARSA Gym.