Around 300 fans were in the stands for the Keyano Huskies men’s basketball home opener.
The Husky men stormed out of the gate to start their season, notching a pair of victories over the Kings University Eagles this weekend.
That puts Keyano at 2-0 to start the season which is good for 1st place in the ACAC North Division.
Head Coach Jeremy Wielenga tells Mix News it’s not a bad start – kicking off the year with two big wins.
“We had a lot of guys contribute, a lot of guys played really well. It was very good for us and exciting to start the season with the wins and one of the biggest things – especially on Friday – it was great to do it in front of such a big crowd. That was the biggest crowd I’ve seen at Keyano since I’ve started coaching here.”
Friday’s Game 1 saw the Huskies win with ease 103-67 – with the player of the game honours going to Emmanuel Ansah.
Ansah collected 14 points and 6 rebounds while Stefan Jovcic added a double-double, netting 16 points and 10 boards.
Wielenga was singing the praises of his two stars.
“Stefan and Emmanuel have the ability to play inside or outside. They’re both 6’6″ – it’s going to be very exciting times for our team. Anyone of those nights, any one of those guys can take over games so, it’s going to be very exciting. We look forward to seeing what else they can do as they grow.”
Keyano also had 44 points off the bench with Nickolas McDonald and Dante Ditner racking up 13 and 12 points respectively.
The second game saw the Huskies notch an even larger margin of victory with a 112-75.
McDonald earned player of the game with 16 points while Jovcic added another double-double with 22 points and 10 boards and Ansah added 15.
After an offensive display of that caliber – Wielenga really likes what he sees with his team’s overall depth.
“We have added talent and size at every position. It’s a little different from last year but we have a lot of familiar faces. We can play a lot of different ways which is really good for us. We just have to continue to move the ball, not be selfish and use that to our advantage.”
One area Wielenga would like to see improvements is in ball control.
He notes going forward, being more responsible with the basketball will be key to the teams’ success.
“We’re kind of still putting everything together. Executing on the offensive end better, communication on the defensive end and just doing a better job with our possessions. We allowed too many offensive rebounds both nights and once we play stronger teams down the road we won’t be able to have that margin of error.”
The Huskies will look for some breathing room this weekend when they hit the road for a doubleheader against Augustana University.
Lady Huskies Sweep Opening Weekend
The Keyano Huskies women’s basketball team got out the brooms for their home opening weekend.
The lady Huskies are off to a 2-and-oh start to their season after a pair of wins over the Kings University Eagles by respective scores of 70-46 and 56-52.
That puts Keyano in first place in the ACAC North Divison.
Despite the solid start Head Coach, Dwayne Vigilance tells Mix News he’d like to see more energy from his squad – moving forward.
“It was tough because we only played five or six players on Friday and that kind of hurt us down the stretch on Saturday – going down and having to battle back. So, things to improve on would obviously be our intensity and hopefully, we can to our bench and have them be a positive impact for us.”
Game 1 saw the Lady Huskies top the Eagles 70-46 – with the player of the game honours going to Augusta Kievisaite.
Kievisaite racked up 26 points, while Moiyan Toure added a double-double with 13 points and 15 boards.
“We get scoring from everywhere,” Vigilance notes. “You can’t just settle on ‘I’m going to guard Augusta or Moiyan’, we have other kids that can step up and score as well. Again, I think we have a better commitment to team defence which will help us don’t the stretch because that’s something we didn’t have consistently at the end of last year.”
Game 2 saw the Huskies get a bit of a scare – just edging out the Eagle 56-52.
Tyshaine Page had ten points including a 3-point dagger with less than 30 seconds to earn Huskies player of the game – while Kievisaite added 20 points and 13 rebounds and Toure had 15 points with 14 boards.
After the opening victories, Vigilance feels one of this team’s greatest attributes is its overall chemistry
“The girls are getting along on and off the court. Obviously, in the game of women’s basketball, it’s important that kids get along it helps with support and trust and all that other stuff teams need going forward. But you know, I think our team is young and we are going to learn as we go.”
The Huskies will look for some breathing room this weekend when they hit the road for a doubleheader against the Augustana Vikings.