2008 - 2009 LSSAA Basketball

Lambton Central Lancers

Northern Collegiate Vikings

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St. Christopher

St. Clair Colts

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Fighting Irish

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SWOSSA Junior Semi Finals Basketball
February 25, 2009

by Kyle MacKinnon

Northern Vikings vs Chatham Ursuline Lancers


The Northern Vikings had one mentality going into this season "DWC."  'Defense Wins Championships.'

"Our defense creates our offence," Northern head coach Jason Cain said after his team cruised to a 55-33 victory over Chatham's Ursuline Lancers in the SWOSSAA junior 'AAAA' semi final game.

"Defense wins games."

photos by Pat Brethauer

And it was that defense that caused many turnovers for the Vikings. Their stifling defense also reeked havoc for the Lancers shooters.

Rob Hardick of the Vikings came up with four key blocks down the stretch to solidify the victory. "We played well as a team," he said. "We just have to have fun and stick to our game plan."

Three Northern players (Hayden Auterhoff, Tom Dowding and Brad Dafoe) had 10 points each.

The Vikings will travel to Windsor next Wednesday to compete, in the SWOSSAA final.

Cain said, "Itís an opportunity for us to measure ourselves against them."

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