January 9, 2014 | Vol. 40, No. 2

Vikings finish in top half at Anchorage tournament

The Vikings basketball squad placed 4th at the Anchorage Christian School’s Invitational Tournament in Anchorage last weekend.

The Vikings lost a tough first game 57-43 against Barrow.

Head Coach Rick Brock said Barrow is one of the better quality teams in the state.

“We played them last year and were looking forward to see where we’re at this time of the year,” Brock said.

The Vikings fell behind 15-5 in the first quarter but played strong in the second and closed the gap to 22-20 at the half with Barrow leading.

But the Vikings missed several key free throws, a theme that carried throughout the game, and fell behind in the third. The team came back in the fourth scoring 17 points but it wasn’t enough for a win.

“We had a good fourth quarter but if you are going to compete against good teams then you have to play four good quarters,” Brock said.

Tristan Welton was the high scorer during the game with 19 points.

The Vikings went on to defeat Valdez 51-41, gaining steady leads only to have Valdez come narrow the point spread.

Tristan Welton again was the point leader, scoring 16 points. Jesse Lantiegnae scored 11 points.

“Jesse had a great overall game,” Brock said. “He played well on the inside.”

The Vikings defeated Kotzebue 63-35 on Saturday. The squad hit hard and fast in the first quarter leading 20-13 and led 41-20 at halftime.

The team scored 21 points in the third quarter and held a strong lead through the rest of the game.

Michael Brock led the board with 18 points.

“We finished the tournament well,” Brock said. “It gave us some insight into our strengths and the things that we need to work on.”

Tristan Welton was selected to the all tournament team.

The Vikings face off against the Wrangell Wolves Friday and Saturday night this Homecoming weekend.

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