Basketball: Dyck left it all on the floor — LMoC

Since history is written about the victors, the pain that UBC shooting guard Chris Dyck played through during the men's basketball championship game has been a bit underplayed anywhere east of Vancouver.
"Forced to wear borrowed shoes almost a full size too small after his favorite pair lost a sole in the pre-game warmups Saturday, Dyck wound up rolling both of his ankles in the first half on Sunday, then had to deal with a flare-up of his chronic back pain.

"That and the fact that he was a marked man by an extremely physical Carleton team after he scored 17 first-half points made the second half perhaps the toughest 20 minutes of Dyck's career.

" 'It's still a tough pill to swallow in your last year," said Dyck who was able to help lead UBC to heights that previous greats like Kyle Russell, Casey Archibald and Pasha Bains were not. "But all you can really ask for is a chance to compete for that national championship and tonight we did that.' " — Little Man on Campus
Carleton certainly put Dyck through the wringer after the break in the second half, putting player-of-the-game Rob Saunders on him. Dyck, who had three straight 17-point halves, was held to four the rest of the way, with the only basket coming on a layin with 1:18 remaining.

It's kind of one of those quirks of covering sports that only hear about who was playing hurt after all is said and done; surely most of the teams in Ottawa had guys playing through pain. Dyck and Blain Labranche certainly do so this weekend; Labranche was great for UBC in the second half vs. Carleton, even though he semed to in pain from an injury that grew out of plantar fasciitis in his left foot, causing him to miss their first game at nationals.

Gutsy Chris Dyck ends his UBC career with no questions left unanswered (Howard Tsumura, Little Man on Campus)
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