Vikings squad tests endurance during conference games in Sitka
The Petersburg Vikings battled through four long conference games last weekend and brought home two wins.
The varsity squad had a rough start against Sitka High School on Wednesday evening.
“We really struggled to score,” Head Coach Rick Brock said. “We were getting very good looks at the basket but the ball would not drop for us.”
The Vikings only put up three points on the board during the first half but managed to hold Sitka to seven points through most of the half. Sitka hit their stride during the middle of the second quarter though and the half ended 22-3.
“It was the same pattern for us through the second half,” Brock said. “We were unable to score.”
The Vikings put up a strong defense but lost their stride in the fourth quarter along with the game losing 20-60.
But the squad didn’t let the loss affect their morale the following day during its bout against Mt. Edgecumbe.
“We fell behind early in that game too, but to the kids’ credit they were mentally unaffected by Wednesday’s game,” Brock said.
The Vikings shrunk the margins at the half and by the end of the third quarter the game was tied 35-35.
After a Viking steal from Mt. Edgecumbe, Tristan Welton converted the turnover into a three-point play helping the Vikings win 49-41.
“It was huge for us to come back after a very disappointing loss,” Brock said.
Welton scored 17 points and Colby Bell scored 16.
Brock said Bell dominated the inside and played his best all around game of the season.
The Vikings faced Sitka again on Friday. Sitka again took an early lead as the Vikings struggled on the defensive end. They regained their bearings in the second and got back into the game down by three at the half.
The Vikings continued to play good basketball and tied the game 33-33 by the end of the third quarter.
By the fourth, with just a few minutes left on the clock Sitka recovered key turnovers, hit key shots and pulled away with a 45-39 win.
“They put tremendous pressure on us,” Brock said. “It was a very physical game. They picked us up full court the whole ball game.”
Viking players showed balanced scoring. Welton scored ten points. Kayin McCay scored nine points and Jesse Lantiegne scored eight points.
“It was a huge character check for us to come back on Friday and play the way that we did,” Brock said.
The Vikings dominated Mt. Edgecumbe during their final game on Saturday.
Although the squad again started off slow it caught its second wind in the second leading at the half 29-18. The Vikings maintained the momentum and came out with a 60-49 win.
Welton led the boards with 19 points, scoring 12 out of 14 from the free throw line. McCay scored 17 points and Michael Brock put up 13 points.
“It was a great way for us to finish up a tough and grueling road trip,” Brock said.
The Vikings head to Wrangell this weekend for homecoming.