The Keyano Huskies men’s basketball team is gunning for their first provincial gold medal in program history.
After a 14-10 regular season, capped off by a four-game win streak, the Huskies are off to the Alberta College’s Athletics Conference Championship at Lethbridge College.
Head Coach Jeremy Wielenga feels they fought hard all year long and were rewarded for their efforts.
He tells Mix News heading into the playoffs, they just have to keep playing the Husky brand of basketball.
“It’s just business as usual for us going into Thursday. We’ll do everything we can to get prepped for SAIT and I think just the momentum of winning four in a row just puts us in the right spot, especially with all those games being in a playoff atmosphere.”
In his debut year, Wielenga feels ever since the streak began, they’ve been in that playoff mindset.
As they get set to battle against the number one team from the south, he says they are owning the label of underdog.
“If we can all play together and put our best effort forward, I think we have a real good chance but at the same time, we’re going to have to contain SAIT. They are very talented, very athletic and they push the ball up the floor. We’ve got to come up with a way to contain and stop them and hope we do what we can to give ourselves a chance to win.”
The Huskies won bronze in 2015/16 and silver back in 2012/13.
They’ll open up playoff action on Thursday against the SAIT Trojans with tip-off at 3 p.m.
Lady Huskies Cap Off Season Ranked Top Team In The North
Meanwhile, for the third time in the last three seasons – the Keyano Huskies women’s basketball team are off to the ACAC playoffs.
Riding the momentum of an 8-game win streak, the lady Huskies capped off their season with an impressive 18-6 record, good for 1st in the ACAC North Division.
Currently ranked 4th nationwide, Head Coach Dwayne Vigilance feels they are entering the playoffs with a target on their backs.
He tells Mix News despite that – battling the adversity seems to be the teams greatest strength.
“When we get down, we don’t panic. We ride the wave and we continue to play and I think that speaks to our success. I think one of the biggest things that our girls believe in the process that we have and our record shows that we are a team that could go far.”
The playoffs kick off on Thursday at SAIT Campus Centre in Calgary.
The Huskies open up play against the St. Mary’s University Lightning with tip-off at 3 p.m.
You can find playoff information on either team at acac.ab.ca.