The brooms were out this weekend as the Augustana men’s basketball team looked to even the score against the King’s Eagles. The Vikings opened the regular season in October with the Eagles, who took both games. As the second half of the regular season schedule began, the teams faced each other again in a home-and-home match-up. In a rare Thursday game, the Augustana squads traveled into Edmonton looking to their second regular season win in a row. The first quarter opened up very well for Augustana as they took a 31-19 lead into the break. As the game wore on, the focused Vikings attack left the Eagles feeling clipped and unable to catch a wind. The aggressive Augustana running game combined with a renewed vigor at the defensive end of the floor allowed the Vikings to dominate the glass and create easy scoring opportunities while shutting down the key King’s scorers. Alex Butts was selected player of the game for his scoring and great defensive play and most of all, his great hustle and effort plays. A great finish, punctuated by a David Ness three-point bomb from the corner sealed a 90-84 Augustana road win. Mike McCorquindale led all scorers with 24 points for the Vikings.
With a day off between games, both teams had ample time to make adjustments and prepare for the rematch in Camrose. Saturday’s start was evidence of this as both teams settled in for what would quickly become a war on the floorboards. Instead of the high-flying, high-scoring start of Thursday, the first quarter on Saturday finished at 19-15 in favor of the Eagles. With thoughts of feathering their nest with yet another win on the minds of the Eagles’, the Vikings took matters into their own hands in the second quarter, seizing a 36-33 advantage at the halftime break. The Vikings won a hard-fought second half 39-37 en route to a 75-70 victory. The win gives the Augustana men’s basketball team a weekend sweep and a three-game winning streak heading into the Christmas ACAC hiatus. I.d. apparel player of the game David Chytracek led all Augustana scorers with 13 points, while freshman forward Shayn Bruney had 11 points along with six rebounds. Joe Knight (10 points and eight rebounds) and Mike McCorquindale (10 points and four rebounds) were also in double figures as ten Vikings added to the tally sheet in a well-balanced attack.
In their final game before the Christmas break, the Vikings host Keyano College in an Exhibition game at the Convocation Centre Gymnasium on Sunday December 7th. Game time is 3 pm and fans are asked to bring a donation to the Camrose Food Bank as their admission to the game. The Food bank is asking for cereal, jams, peanut butter, green canned veggies and pasta sauces (no beans please)!