The SAIT Trojans and the Keyano Huskies took the final game of the Alberta Colleges Athletics Conference men’s basketball season right down to the wire.
On the line for the Trojans was a defence of their title as the reigning champions since 2016. For the Huskies, it was a chance to take gold after a season that put them four points ahead of the Trojans in the conference standings.
The Huskies took an early lead, giving them a three-point lead at the end of the first quarter. The Trojans pushed back, and after layups by Camille Kamba and Taliik Ross, were able to give themselves a lead by five at the end of the second.
Battling further, the Trojans were able to score a 10-point advantage over the Huskies by early in the third quarter. A hard press and some crowd raising three-pointers by the Fort McMurray team pushed the Huskies back into a fighting position, giving them the lead heading into the fourth.
Leading into the last five minutes of the matchup, a three-point jump shot by Trojan Amin Suleman returned the Trojans to a four-point advantage. Which would rise to five points in the final 26 seconds of the game. It was whittled down to two after a final layup by Husky Sean Micheal-Clancey with eight seconds to spare.
On the win, an exhausted men’s basketball head coach Marty Birky said that clinching a fifth ACAC title spoke to Calgary being a great basketball city.
“This is a fantastic program and a great city, it’s a great organization, and we get really good people and really good basketball players,” he said.