Posted on October 21, 2008 by Dylan Anderson

This past weekend, the Vikings men�s basketball team dropped two games to the Concordia Thunder.

This past weekend, the Vikings men’s basketball team dropped two games to the Concordia Thunder. While the team continues to make positive steps forward, the
relatively young roster is still in search of the elusive first win of the regular season. Friday’s action in Edmonton saw the Vikings down by five at the halftime break and looking strong against a very talented Concordia squad. In the second half, the Augustana roster had no answer for the hot-shooting rookie Brett Melnick. The Thunder cruised to a 57-35 point run and an easy 103-75 win. Fifth-year guard Brendin Huculak was the leading scorer for the Vikings with 17. Mike McCorquindale was the only other player to crack double-digits with 12 points and four rebounds. Rookies Shayn Bruney and Alex Butts had five rebounds each to lead the Vikings on the glass.

In game two of the home-and-home series, the Vikings found themselves down 39-35 at halftime but playing well. Paced by a strong team performance and energetic play, the Vikings seemed to be on the cusp of breaking the regular season jinx on their home floor. The second half was not as kind to the Vikings, as Concordia took a lead which would not be relinquished. The Vikings were outscored by the Thunder 49-23 in the second half. The Vikings played an inspired final hree minutes in an 88-58 loss. Shayn Bruney (eight rebounds, eight points), Joe Knight (nine rebounds, eight points) and Alex Butts (six rebounds, six points) played well in flashes throughout the contest. Player of the game David Ness (14 points and four rebounds) came alive in the second half with heart and intensity.

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