The VIU Mariners’ men’s basketball team has yet to suffer a setback during regular season play. The Mariners enter the winter break with a perfect 7-0 record and have outscored their opponents by 142 points over those seven games. The team’s average margin of victory over the first seven games of the season is 20 points.
The Mariners’ last two games before the winter break were on the road against the Columbia Bible College Bearcats and the Kwantlen Eagles and November 21 and 22. The Mariners picked up their most dominating win of the season against the Bearcats on November 21.
The Mariners dominated the game from the opening tip-off, and got contributions from every player on the floor in a 115-61 victory. Chris Parker has 23 points for the Mariners, while Kadeem Stewart had nine steals to go along with 22 points of his own. The Mariners’ game the next day against the Kwantlen Eagles was more closely contested, as the Mariners found themselves trailing 17-15 after the first quarter.
The Eagles kept the pressure on in the second half, not allowing the Mariners to come back. At halftime, the Eagles held a slim 37-32 lead. Then the Mariners came alive in the third quarter, scoring 32 points in the quarter to take a 64-52 lead heading into the fourth. The Mariners didn’t let the Eagles come back in the fourth, picking up the victory in their final game of the semester 87-69.
The Mariners are in first place in the Pacwest standings with their 7-0 record. The team’s 14 points puts them two ahead of the second place Quest Kermodes. The Mariners’ undefeated record has given them some national recognition. The team is currently ranked third in the country amongst men’s basketball programs. The Mariners return to action Friday, January 9 against the Camosun Chargers.
The Mariners next home games aren’t until January 23 and 24, when the Mariners take on the Capilano Blues and Quest Kermodes.