Posted on September 21, 2012 by Jadene Mah

The Men’s Basketball team played host to the MacEwan Griffins in an exciting nail biter for the Viking’s Nation last night in front of a sold out standing room only crowd. In a matchup that is quickly becoming a heated conference rivalry the MacEwan Griffins defeated the hometown Vikings 70-63, with the Griffin’s pulling away …

The Men’s Basketball team played host to the MacEwan Griffins in an exciting nail biter for the Viking’s Nation last night in front of a sold out standing room only crowd.

In a matchup that is quickly becoming a heated conference rivalry the MacEwan Griffins defeated the hometown Vikings 70-63, with the Griffin’s pulling away in the final seconds of the game, leaving the Vikings just short of victory.

“In the big picture this was our first exhibition game and we showed well for the work we have put into date. Obviously it is disappointing to lose at home at anytime inany situation, but what we saw out our rookies and our vetrans who are transitioning into new roles leaves me very excited for where this team can be headed this year,” said Head Coach Dave Drabiuk.

The Vikings lead the game throughout the first half of play. Their strong performance on the boards helped them have a 36-28 lead heading into half time.

The Griffins battled back and began to close the gap on the Vikings in the second half; making it a one point game with eight minutes left on the clock. The Vikings would relinquish the lead and would chase the Griffins for the last few minutes of the game. Captain Shayn Bruney hit a big three pointer from downtown to tie up the game with three minutes, but the Griffins defense held up and they refused to let the Vikings regain their lead.

With just seconds left on the clock the Griffins began to distance themselves from the Vikings and put a safety buffer between them and the hometown team. The Griffins defense held the Vikings to perimeter shots in the final seconds. The Vikings were unable to hit the long ball in the final seconds with pressure from MacEwan, leading the MacEwan Griffins to a 70-63 victory.

The Vikings will face off against Olds Broncos at the Ermineskin Junior Senior High School in Hobbema tonight.  The Vikings and the Broncos will play in a friendly match to help with community building in Hobbema and raise money for the Ermineskin Student Travel Club. The men will take the court at 8pm.

VIKINGS HOST A SOLD OUT GAME LAST NIGHT


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