Vikings advance to Wesman Classic final
The Valley City State University mens basketball team
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beat the tournament host University of Winnipeg 93-85 in
overtime in the semi-final of the Coca Cola Wesmen Classic
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
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 teamâ€™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 Ozsayinerâ€™s 13 points.