Down the stretch, the ball ran straight to Newman, who converted on almost every opportunity he was given, finishing with a team-high 23 points on the evening. A monumental win for the Vikes, avenging their narrow loss the previous night and taking down one of the top teams in the Canada West conference.

On the women’s side, Amira Giannattasio led the way for the Vikes, pouring in 28 points to move into third in the all-time Vikes women’s scoring leaders, amassing 1,398 points over her five year career.

Unfortunately, Amira was the only Vike to keep up with the pace of the game. Victoria had many uninspired offensive possessions, leading to the Cascades taking advantage late in the game.

Down by 3 with just 1.9 seconds remaining, Aleah Ashlee was fouled in the act of shooting from beyond the three-point line, giving the Vikes a chance to tie if Ashlee hit all three free throws. However, Ashlee would miss the second, giving the Cascades a narrow 73-71 win to split the weekend series.

Tyler Bennett