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Vikings men’s basketball incredible year pushes into post-season

2015-03-04, 10:43 AM

If you had to describe the Vikings men’s basketball season in one word, it would have perseverance. The Vikings went through enough adversity this season that would make most teams crumble. But the St. Lawrence players persevered through it all and it has earned them a spot at the 2015 OCAA Provincial Championships.

After a busy preseason with four tournaments, the Vikings began the season on a good note with an impressive victory over Georgian College at the SLC home opener. However, the Vikings would go 1-5 in their next five games, missing two key players for two of the five games, putting themselves outside the playoff picture with the season not even at the halfway point.

With just three games left in 2014, the Vikings recorded three straight wins, defeating La Cite, upsetting George Brown by a single point, and Fleming College to even their record at 5-5 at the Holiday break.

With the roster down to just eight players to start 2015, the Vikings continued to roll with wins over Fleming and La Cite College, defeated Algonquin College for the first time since 2009-10, beat Seneca College by a single point, completed the sweep against George Brown College, came back from being down 17 points to win in overtime at Loyalist College, and upset the first place Durham College Lords by 18 points. Again, all of these wins came with just eight players on the roster, forcing some SLC players to log 30-40 minutes per game.

The ten straight wins bumped St. Lawrence into second place in the OCAA East, and 15th in Canada, but that’s where it came to an abrupt end with three straight losses by the hands of Canadore College with just five SLC players on the roster, Georgian College the following day with just six SLC players, and to Centennial College in the final game of the regular season.

Most recently, the Vikings travelled to Ancaster for their OCAA Crossover game against Redeemer University College and pulled of the 90-83 victory to secure a spot at this year’s Championships.

As luck would have it, the Vikings will face the host Durham College Lords in what will be a loud and pro-Durham gym in the first game for both teams on Friday March 6th at 8:00pm. The Lords finished their season first overall in the OCAA East, and are favoured to do well at the Championships. However the Vikings know they can beat Durham, having defeated them 88-70 back in early February.