Mar 19th, 2004 @ 8:16 am | Author: Adam Dehaan
Despite an ambitious outlook, the VCSU menůs basketball program labored through a 7-21 season in 2003-04. Tyrone Terry and Brandon Bata led the Vikings scoring averaging 12.3ppg. Garth McFadden (12.0) and Matt Klabo (10.0) rounded out double digit scorers for the Vikings. Klabo led the team in rebounding grabbing 6.6 rpg with Bata following (5.6). Bata set a VCSU season record by shooting 65.5% from the field this season.
Non-conference action saw the Vikings earn quality victories over Great Plains Athletic Conference foes Dakota Wesleyan University, Dordt College, and the University of Sioux Falls. The Vikings finished 5-5 in non-conference play.
The Dakota Athletic Conference was not so kind to VCSU. Sporting three teams ranked in the NAIA II poll, the DAC-10 proved to be an uphill struggle for the youthful squad. The Vikings finished 2-16 in conference play, their two wins coming at the expense of the Mayville State University Comets.
"The DAC-10 is relying on transfer players," DeHaan mused. "We got caught in the transfer crossfire on many levels this season." DeHaan continued, "We want to build this program based on North Dakota talent." This statement is supported by a quick look at the returning letter winners for the Vikings. Six of the eight are North Dakota products.
The local talent bodes well for the Viking program. "We took a step back this year, but finally established a core group of players that will remain intact for seasons to come," DeHaan stated. "The expectations we set for this past year were ambitious. The team has expressed a sincere distaste for losing and is working hard in the off season to prepare for a winning year."