On Friday, the Grande Prairie Regional College Wolves made their annual trek to the Augustana Campus for the Vikings’ only two-game home stand of the season. The Wolves were hungry for the win and came out to claim a 50-36 halftime lead, sending Augustana to the locker room looking for answers. During periods of the third quarter, the Vikings found some solutions. They cut the Wolves lead to 71-63 going into the fourth. With the Wolves sitting in sixth place in the ACAC North division but carrying only one win on the season, the Augustana mission seemed clear. Unfortunately they had no answer for the hot-shooting GPRC squad. The 102-87 final score left the home team still trying to pick up the scent of their first win of the regular season. i.d. apparel player of the game Joe Knight finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead Augustana scorers. Forward Mike McCorquindale narrowly missed the Tim Horton’s number (double-double) with 13 points and nine rebounds. Backcourt running mates David Ness and Kevin Barnes had 11 points each. Rookie forward Ryan Larsen struck for ten points in aid of the Augustana cause.
The Saturday matinee match-up saw an excellent team effort by the Augustana men’s team in front of a loud and very supportive crowd. The first quarter ended with the home team sporting a 28-19 advantage, which they rode into the halftime break, 55-40. As the second half opened up, so did the Augustana lead. The Vikings out-scored the visiting Wolves 30-17 in the third quarter. In a game featuring highly spirited one-on-one match-ups and some excellent team defensive efforts, the Augustana men realized their first regular season victory 109-95. The home crowd was treated to a number of great performances including rookie Grady Gibson’s 23 points and three rebounds and freshman forward phenom Shayn Bruney’s eight rebounds, eight points and inspirational defensive presence. Veteran perimeter players Kevin Barnes (16 points and five assists), David Ness (seven rebounds, five assists and 10 points) and Mike McCorquindale (16 points and four rebounds) kept the Augustana attack moving and locked down the defensive end of the floor as well. For the second straight game, the i.d. apparel player of the game was second-year forward Joe Knight with 28 points and 15 rebounds in his second straight double-double.
The Augustana basketball teams will travel to Edmonton on a rare Thursday match-up against the King’s Eagles. Home action is on Saturday night at 8 PM.