AMHERST – The ARHS Vikings overcame a strong challenge from the Pugwash District High Panthers en route to winning the championship banner at the ARHS Jim Hatheway Ford-Sift Canada Christmas Classic on Saturday.
Amherst won the game 59-52.
Adrian VanVulpen led the way with 15 points and12 rebounds for the Vikings.
“Anytime you can go 3-0 after the break for Christmas is a success and winning the tournament in front of our home crowd was great,” coach Matt Gamblin said. “There was a lot of energy in the gym both Friday and Saturday.”
Gamblin said he wanted to thank the parents for their hard work in preparing for the tournament and credited his players for rising to the occasion.
Amherst advanced to the final with a 76-54 win over the CEC Cougars of Truro. VanVulpen had 28 points and 10 rebounds for Amherst in the win. Logan Dowe had a strong game with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Amherst opened the tournament with a 91-42 win over the Northumberland High Nighthawks.
Jason Morse led the Vikings offensively with 19 points while Dowe had 18.