Posted on October 28, 2008 by Dylan Anderson

The Vikings men�s basketball team has just completed 25 percent of the regular season schedule and they continue to search for their first win.

The Vikings men’s basketball team has just completed 25 percent of the regular season schedule and they continue to search for their first win. To the casual observer this may seem to be a setback of epic proportions, but head coach Dave Drabiuk is still optimistic about his squad. “We continue to improve each week and are getting close to playing a complete game. As soon as we can find a way to play a complete 40 minutes, I am positive the result will take care of itself.”

On Friday night, the sparse fall break crowd saw the Vikings play host to the MacEwan Griffins. At the end of the first quarter, the Vikings found themselves down by seven points. Prospects seem to pick up as the home squad cut the margin to five at the halftime break. In the third quarter, Augustana briefly held a two point lead as they continued to build on the second quarter momentum. Unfortunately, a hot-shooting and more experienced MacEwan squad took care of business in the fourth quarter. The Griffins cruised to a 90-78 win. The Vikings were out-rebounded 50-27 in the game and surrendered 20 more shot attempts than they took. Guards David Ness and Grady Gibson (ID apparel player of the game) led the Vikings with 14 points each, while fifth year guard Brendin Huculak chipped in 12. David Chytracek had ten points in front of the home crowd, while backcourt running mate Kevin Barnes had eight points. The leading post scorer was Alex Butts, with eight points.

On Saturday, the mercurial nature of the ACAC schedule showed its effects as the difficulties in playing the home-and-home schedule came to the forefront early. After closing out Friday’s game with a spirited final three minutes, the Vikings found themselves at the wrong end of the 35-15 first quarter score. Over the next three quarters the scoring was 18-19, 29-25, and 24-19. The Vikings found a level of intensity to match the MacEwan level of skill. The Augustana fans in the crowd outnumbered the MacEwan supporters and made their presence felt. The Vikings used their new-found zeal to close the margin. The second half featured some outstanding team play, punctuated by dynamic individual moments of basketball artistry.

The team has the scheduling bye next weekend and will take the weekend off to re-group and prepare for the next eight games leading into the December break. On November 7th, they will square off against the NAIT Ooks at home.


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