MIDDLETON – The NSSAF Division 2 boy’s basketball banner is coming back to Amherst.
The ARHS Vikings defeated Central Kings 52-51 here Saturday to win the provincial championship in what was a nail-biter right down to the final buzzer with the Vikings coming from behind to win after three Central Kings’ starters fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Senior Ryan Thompson, Logan Dowe and Adrian VanVulpen each scored 11 points for Amherst in the win, while Shaddy Mohamad had nine points for the Vikings.
Caleb Hayes and Jason Morse each scored three points for Amherst, while Jacob Harnish and Willie Legere each chipped in two.
Nigel Simmons had 17 points for Central Kings with Trent Oickle scoring 13 and Dylan Poole adding 11.
Jonah Leschied with six and Kurt Getson with four rounded out scoring.
Amherst moved into the final with a convincing 89-54 win over Kings-Edgehill on Friday night with Hayes scoring 19 points and Thompson adding 17 in the win.
Morse with 13, VanVulpen had nine, Dowe, Harnish, Momhad and Josh Lee each had six, Matt McCrossin had three and Blake Thompson two.
Dean Pan had 20 for King’s-Edgehill and Zack Lakes had 18.
The Vikings opened the tournament with a 74-29 win over the Millwood Knights as Morse had 15 points and Marcus Kindervarter had 11 for Amherst. Dowe with 10, VanVulpen with eight, Mohamad with seven, Ryan Thompson and McCrossin with six, Hayes with five and Legere, Blake Thompson and Harnish with two apiece rounded out scoring for Amherst.
Seth Adams had 12 for Millwood.
Central Kings moved into the final with a 74-65 win over Breton Education Centre in Friday night’s other semifinal.
BEC won the bronze medal with a 99-80 win over King’s-Edgehill, while Northeast Kings placed fifth with a 90-87 win over Middleton and Dr. J.H. Gillis defeated Millwood 65-44 to finish seventh.