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Vikings place first in Little Norway Tourney

 

Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot

Junior Kayin McCay drives in for a layup against Cordova.

The Vikings took first place after a three-way tie for first place but took the tournament because its point spread had the widest margins overall.

Head coach Rick Brock said the tough tournament provided his team great experience because of the various styles of play the team went up against.

"Skyview was an athletic aggressive team," Brock said. "Metlakatla was a veteran, talented squad, and Cordova was very aggressive on the defensive end."

Thursday's game pitted the Vikings against Skyview where Petersburg was able to make their first win with a 58-36 score.

Kayin McCay scored 22 points. Colby Bell and Michael Brock scored 12 points each.

"We were able to dictate the tempo with our half court defense," Coach Brock said.

Friday night, the Vikings fell 32-34 to last year's 2A state champion runner up Metlakatla despite a three-point lead going into the fourth quarter.

"Even though we were ahead they were still in control of the game," Brock said.

Brock said his players missed some fundamental lay ups and free throws that allowed Metlakatla to pull ahead for the win.

Saturday night, the Vikings beat Cordova 56-49 after trailing by four points at halftime.

But Brock said his team found their tempo during the third quarter, the best quarter of play the team has performed this season.

Cordova didn't let the Vikings take it easy though and Michael Brock nailed three three-point shots and Colby Bell scored seven points with Jessie Lantiegne playing well in the high and low posts.

"It was very balanced scoring, which is one of the keys for us for the year," Brock said. "We have a deep and very balanced team. At different times, key players will step up and play well through certain stretches of the game."

Colby Bell and Michael Brock were both selected to the all-tournament team and Brock also won the teammate award.

The Vikings head to Anchorage January 2-5 to play in the Anchorage Christian School Basketball Tournament.

 

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