Posted on October 15, 2008 by Dylan Anderson

The opening weekend of the ACAC men�s basketball season was not kind to the Vikings, handing them back-to-back losses against the King�s Eagles.

The opening weekend of the ACAC men’s basketball season was not kind to the Vikings, handing them back-to-back losses against the King’s Eagles.

After opening up a 25-19 first quarter lead, the Vikings found themselves with a meager 32-31 lead going into halftime. Heading into the final frame, the Vikings managed to stretch the lead back to a 53-47 advantage. A thrilling finish in front of a vocal and enthusiastic crowd saw the Eagles sneak away with a 68-65 win. Second-year post player Joe Knight was the leading Viking rebounder with 13 (along with eight points), while guard David Ness had eight rebounds and five points towards the Vikings cause. First-year forward Ryan Larsen had an impressive debut with 13 points, five rebounds, and a steal to earn player of the game honors.

On Saturday night the scene shifted to Edmonton, as the Eagles played host in the rematch. The Eagles led at the halftime break 42-35 and never looked back as the Vikings struggled to keep pace with the opposition. Ryan Larsen was the high point man again for the Vikings, chipping in 16. Alex Butts, Mike McCorquindale and Shayn Bruney all had ten each. David Ness scored 11 as the Vikings dropped game two of the season by a score of 101-72.

The Vikings are in action again this Friday as they travel to Edmonton to take on the Concordia Thunder.


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