Comox Valley talent will be front and centre in Cowtown tonight when the Calgary Dinos host the UVic Vikes in a CIS Canada West men’s basketball tilt.
Keenan Milburn of Royston is the starting point guard for the Dinos. He’s coming off a CIS career-high 27 points in last Saturday night’s 93-91 double overtime loss to the Regina Cougars.
The Dinos have been decimated by injuries over the first half of the season and at 2-4 are mired in a four-way tie for fifth in Canada West’s East Division.
Milburn, who played his high school hoops with the Isfeld Ice, will be facing his good friend Ryan MacKinnon, a sharpshooting guard who is leading the nation in made three pointers with 24 and is averaging 22 points per game.
The 6-0 Vikes are ranked No. 6 nationally. Both MacKinnon (a Highland Raider alumni from Comox) and Milburn are in their fifth and final year of CIS eligibility.
Last Friday, senior guard Zac Andrus was in the right place at the right time for the Vikes, pouncing on a missed three-point attempt from MacKinnon,and driving up to sink the game-winning lay-up as UVic improved to 5-0 with a 77-75 win over the Thompson Rivers WolfPack.
MacKinnon, named Applebee’s Vikes player of the game, led the Vikes with 18 points and five rebounds along with three steals.