In a close game against the University of Montevallo, Western Washington University came out victorious with a score of 72 to 65. Honestly, I was not able to watch the game or hear the game. I was stuck watching the stats on my phone in the land of Virginia (where 4G service obviously doesn’t exist), so trying to keep up with the stats of the game was frustrating to say the least, but luckily my phone handled the job well enough and some good highlight clips helped me fill in the picture.
For the first time in the existence of Western Washington University, the Men’s Basketball team came home with the National Championship. With Coach Brad Jackson supposedly battling the flu, the Vikings fought valiantly against their opponents. In a game that had 16 lead changes, the defense was a key factor in the victory of the Vikings. For five games in a row, WWU shut down the the offense of the opponent and kept the Falcons below 41 percent shooting.
Early in the second half WWU was up 32-26, but a run by the Falcons changed that to 40 to 35 with 15 minutes left. But, Western doesn’t roll over and die… Instead they fired back for a huge run and took the lead back to 49 to 44 with 10 left in the game. I’m seeing these stats on my phone as I sit in Bojangle’s eating some awesome chicken. Let me tell you… It is most nerve racking not being able to see exactly what is happening.
Western took the victory from there, keeping a decent lead the rest of the game. The closest Montevallo got was within 4 points with a minute left after a couple of free throws. The final seconds ticked off the clock and I shout for joy as people enjoying their chicken think I’m crazy. I have never had more pride in my school than that moment when the clock buzzed and we were the victors.
John Allen was the leading scorer for the Vikings with 14 points, but Chris Mitchell had 13 points, Zach Henifin, who came in clutch during the whole postseason, had 12 points, and Paul Jones and Richard Woodworth both had 10 points each. Rory Blanche finished the game with 9 points. The Vikings shot 54% in field goals this game and 47% in threes and 50% from the line.
I am so glad to call myself a Viking and to a school that doesn’t pride athletics too much, this makes a big difference. I am so blessed that I had the opportunity to cheer for these players all year long. The official roster of players consists of John Allen, Rory Blance, Alfred Davis, Damien Fisher, Eric Fongue, Zach Henifin, Kyle Impero, Paul Jones, Bryce McPhee, Chris Michell, Shedrick Nelson, Cameron Serverson, Dane Thorpe, Anthony Wiederkehr, Rico Wilkins, Richard Wooworth, and Dan Young. All of them, including all red shirts, played a part in helping this team achieve this victory.
Coach Brad Jackson received the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) accolade along with being named the 2012 Schelde North America/ Division II Bulletin Coach of the Year. Congratulations to Coach Jackson on receiving these.
I only wish I could have been there to witness this game that will forever go down in Western history. Here is the link to the “Road to the Championship” page at wwuvikings.com and if you missed the game you can listen to it on KPUG radio and kpug1170.com.
LET’S GO VIKINGS!