Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials

Vikings host NSSAF provincial championships from Feb. 27 to March 1

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Published on February 4, 2014
Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials

Published on 04 February 2014

Vikings player Willie Legere fakes the shot and passes to the outside while Tantramar’s Joshua Becker goes up for the block. 

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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<p>Jason Morse looks to take a shot Tuesday night against the Titans.</p>

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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<p>Willie Legere goes up for the shot while trying to avoid a block from Jordan Butcher.</p>

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<p>Titans player Isaiah Marr attempt to block Morse</p>

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Vikings player Jacob Harnish tries to snag a rebound with several Titans players trying to bring him down.

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<p>Logan Dowe goes up for the shot, while Jordan Butcher can only watch</p>

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<p>Harnish tries to tap the ball away from a Titans player</p>

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<p>Harnish takes a shot while Nick Rossignal tries to swipe the ball from his hands.</p>

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Titans player Joshua Becker tries to cover Willie Legere.

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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<p>Morse takes a shot while Isaiah Marr (10) and Liam McDougall prepare to block the shot.&nbsp;</p>

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Marr scores on a free throw.

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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<p>Logan Dowe looks to pass</p>

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Legere leaps up and makes a pass to the outside.

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Skabar coach's his team during fourth quarter time out.

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Vikings beat Tantramar Titans in warm up to regionals, provincials By Dave Mathieson

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Referees Phil Scott (left) and John Clark take a breather between the third and fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game.

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AMHERST – With 20 points, Jason Morse led the Amherst Regional High School Vikings basketball team to an 81-74 victory over the Tantramar Regional High School Titans Tuesday night at AHRS.

“We usually shoot pretty well in our home gym and its nice to get a couple home games in now as we’re winding down to the end of the season,” said Thomas Skabar, Vikings head coach.

Skabar says Tuesday’s game was more of a nail biter than he would have liked.

“Tantramar is a very athletic team and they shoot the ball very well,” he said. “We extended our lead on them after three quarters but we allowed them to counterpunch and get back in the game and make the game tight at the end.”

The game was a build up to the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 2 provincial championships, which are hosted by the Vikings from Feb. 27 to March 1.

“We have a lot of Grade-12 players, so it’s a great opportunity to finish up their careers by having the provincials at home,” said Skabar.

Logan Dowe scored 14 points in the exhibition matchup, while Jacob Harnish and Adrian Van Vulpen scored 11 points each.

Scoring in the single digits was Willie Legere with nine points, Matt McCrossin with seven, Marcus Kindervater with five, and Blake Thompson and Caleb Hayes with two points each.

Joshua Becker led the Sackville, N.B., high school team with 19 points, followed by Liam MacDougall and Nick Rossignal with 17 points each, Jordan Butcher with 13 points, Isaiah Marr with six, and Jesse Wheaton with two points.

 “This is a great game for us leading up to the provincials because we have to get used to playing in a hostile atmosphere, and the crowd was great for that tonight,” said Skabar. “The game ended up being pretty close, so it was pretty exciting and that was good for us.”

Skabar says the Vikings need to get better at controlling their nerves.

“For us, dealing with pressure and dealing under pressure is something we need to improve on,” said Skabar. “We’re great when things are going well for us but, when it gets close, sometimes the nerves get the better of us.”

The Vikings attend the NSSAF regional championships next weekend.

“We’ll get three games in there, and we’ll probably have three more week-night games along the way,” said Skabar. “As often as we can get in the gym between now and provincials is great because we still have a lot to work on.”