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Vikings advance to Wesman Classic final

December 30, 2011

The Valley City State University mens basketball team
beat the tournament host University of Winnipeg 93-85 in
overtime in the semi-final of the Coca Cola Wesmen Classic
Thursday.
The teams were tied at 81-81 after regulation time forcing
the extra period where the Vikings outscored Winnipeg
12-4. Valley City advances to the tournament championship
Friday at 8:00 p.m. against Brandon (Canada) University.
Sekani Milligen led the Vikings with 26 points. Sylvester
Walker added 19. Aaron Duske finished with a doubledouble
17 points and 11 rebounds. Fourth year forward Eric
Zimmerman led the Wesmen with a game high 27 points.
Travis Krahn and Andrew Cunningham each finished with
17.
Winnipeg fell behind 15-0 early on and trailed 28-16 after
one quarter. The Wesmen found their legs in the second
quarter outscoring the Vikings 21-16 to cut the deficit to
44-37 at halftime.
The dramatics were saved for the closing seconds of the
fourth quarter. Travis Krahn hit a pair offree throws with
39 seconds left to pull the Wesmen to within three points
81-78. A pair of missed free throws by AJ McDonald proved
costly as Dominique Brown nailed a three pointer with 19
seconds left to tie the score at 81-81. Krahn hit the rim at
the buzzer to force overtime.
The victory lifts the Viking men to 12-4 on the season
and ups the team’s win streak to six games.
The Vikings defeated the University of Manitoba 80-72 in
the quarter finals of the tournament Wednesday.
Sekani Milligen led the Vikings with a game high 25
points, including a trio of three pointers. Aaron Duske
added 19 points followed by AJ McDonald with 13. McDonald
also tallied nine assists in the victory.
Manitoba was led by Yigit Ozsayiner’s 13 points.

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