Viking boys tie for first in Little Norway Tourney
The Petersburg Viking boys tied for first place but were officially declared runners up behind Klawock for the tenth Little Norway Tournament hosted by Petersburg this weekend.
Teams from Angoon, Haines, Craig, Klawock and Wrangell traveled to Petersburg for the tournament to kick off the season.
“I was really pleased with the outcome of the whole tournament,” Head Coach Rick Brock stated. “We got a lot of contribution from a lot of players and I think that is really important for us at this point.”
The Viking boys opened the tournament against Angoon which was a little inexperienced.
“This was a nice chance for a lot of guys to get on the court,” Brock said. “It was also a good opportunity for me, as the coach, to try a lot of different combinations.”
Petersburg won the game against Angoon with a score of 65 to 36 with Colby Bell leading in scoring with 15 points followed by Kayin McCay with 11; Tristan Welton with 10 and Dan Loucks with eight points.
The second game found the Vikings facing Haines.
“This was kind of the same situation with Angoon,” Brock stated. “They also had some of their players returning from last year as well so the competition level stepped up for us and I was really happy in that game on the defensive end.”
Brock stated that the Vikings put a lot of full-court pressure on the Haines team and were able to turn them over and convert quickly on the offensive end.
“I think we got a lot of really great play from different players in that game,” Brock stated.
Petersburg defeated Haines with a score of 56 to 25 with Welton leading the scoring with 14 points followed by Michael Brock with 13 and Connor Yeager with six.
Game three, Saturday was played against Craig.
“That was a hard fought game for us,” Brock stated. “It was very physical and there were a lot of ebbs and flows within the game.”
He explained that the Vikings had control of the game a few times but could not stretch the lead out.
“In the fourth quarter, we started fouling and we put them on the free-throw line way too many times,” Brock stated. “With four minutes left in the fourth quarter Craig was ahead by one but we had a fast eight or nine and zero run to finish the game and win by five.”
The win came with the score of 57 to 52 with Welton leading the scoring with 13 points, followed by Jared Volk and Loucks with nine points each and Bell and McCay finished the game with eight points each.
“This was a very successful weekend for us,” Brock said. “We ended up undefeated for the tournament but were tied with Klawock until they beat Craig by a larger margin than we did which gave us the runner up position for the tournament.”
Brock explained that the best thing about this group of kids is they have different people playing different roles and that makes them a deeper team than they have had in the past and that works toward their success.
“Right now I like the progress we've made, but we still have a long road ahead of us,” Brock explained. “The league that we are playing in is going to be very good so we will have to continue to get better.”
The Vikings will be traveling to Ketchikan over the Christmas break to play in one of the toughest tournaments in the state.
“This is what we need to do,” Brock stated. “We need to play good teams to improve our own game.”
Bell and Welton were named to the All-Tournament team for the tournament; Brock won the three-point contest and freshman Kjell Wittstock won the free-throw contest for the tournament.
“This was a great weekend for the Vikings,” Brock stated. “The crowd support also fired the kids up on the court.”
Thursday evening the Vikings will play an alumni game in the high school gym.
“The girls will be playing at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7 p.m.,” He stated. “This will be a great practice before we travel to Ketchikan, so come out and enjoy the fun and competition.”