Men’s Basketball News

The Canada West champions returned to their winning ways Saturday, defeating the Brock Badgers 71-61 in the second consolation semifinal at the 2024 GreenShield U SPORTS Final 8 Men’s Basketball Championships, presented by Michelob Ultra at the Laval University PEPS in Quebec City.

Victoria exploded out of the starting blocks, taking a nine-point lead after the first quarter. The Vikes did more of the same before the half, increasing the gap to 12 points with a dominating performance. The Badgers did show some signs of life in the fourth quarter, but there was too much to recover for the OUA finalists who were short of time to make their case.

The reining U SPORTS Player of the Year Diego Maffia picked up where he left with 25 points, with eight shots beyond the arc. Renoldo Robinson also chimed in with 11 points and five rebounds. In a losing cause, Davante Hackett produced 14 points and added 10 defensive boards, 13 in total for the Badgers.

The Victoria Vikes move on to the fight-place match against the UQAM Citadins at 12 noon while the season is now officially over for the Brock Badgers.