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St. Lawrence College Vikings ranked first in the nation


The Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) announced week one of the 2009-10 men’s basketball rankings earlier this afternoon with St. Lawrence College (SLC) garnering the top spot in the nation.

The Vikings basketball team moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history off an impressive pre-season, going a perfect 13-0 with three tournament victories.

Head Coach Barry Smith was honoured with the news but humble with what the rankings mean to his ball club.

"It is a great accomplishment for the team and brings great recognition to our program and our college, however we have not won anything yet and have long season ahead with our goal to be in the Ontario and hopefully the National Championship."

Offensively the Vikings have scored 1,138 points for an average of just under 90 points per game and have defeated other nationally ranked teams such as St. Lambert (No.3), Humber College (No.5) and most recently the Sheridan Bruins (No.12).

"Back in September if we were ranked No.1 I would have been surprised" continued Coach Smith... "But after the pre-season, winning three tournaments including our own and being successful against some of the top talent in the country I think we are where we should be to start the season."

Three other teams from the Ontario College Athletic Association also made this top 15 with Humber ranked fifth, followed by Algonquin in eighth and Sheridan in 12th.

Tri-Campus Athletic Director, Brad Greenwood, also commented on the recent rankings saying "This is great news for our men’s basketball program and for St. Lawrence College Athletics. Our players and coaching staff have been working extremely hard and deserve this initial ranking."

The Vikings will begin the regular season this Friday evening in their home opener against the Seneca Sting who are ranked 10th in the province.

SLC will be hosting a Home Opener party kicking-off the night at 4:00pm outside the Vikings gymnasium with face painting, prizes, and pizza - slice - giveaways.

The men’s game will tip-off at 8:00pm, but the action will begin at 6:00pm with the women’s basketball team who have been ranked eighth in the province going into this weekend’s game against Seneca College.

CCAA Men’s Basketball Rankings:

1. St. Lawrence College Vikings (OCAA)
2. NAIT Ooks (ACAC)
3. St. Lambert Cavaliers (FQSE)
4. UNBC Timberwolves (BCCAA)
5. Humber Hawks (OCAA)
6. Red Deer Kings (ACAC)
7. Vancouver Island Mariners (BCCAA)
8. Algonquin Thunder (OCAA)
9. Sainte-Foy Dynamiques (FQSE)
10. SAIT Trojans (ACAC)
11. UBC Okanagan Heat (BCCAA)
12. Sheridan Bruins (OCAA)
13. Vanier Cheetahs (FQSE)
14. Mount Saint Vincent Mystics (ACAA)
15. MacEwan Griffins (ACAC)

OCAA Women’s Basketball Rankings

1. Sheridan Bruins
2. George Brown Huskies
3. St. Clair Saints
4. Algonquin Thunder
5. Humber Hawks
6. Fanshawe Falcons
7. Niagara Knights
8. St. Lawrence College Vikings
9. Durham Lords
10. Algoma Thunderbirds