Vikings go 1-1 in conference home games
Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot
Colby Bell soars above the Mt. Edgecumbe defender.
The Petersburg Vikings duked it out with Mt. Edgecumbe Friday night coming away from the bout with a last second win.
Head Coach Rick Brock said he knew going into the game the battle against Mt. Edgecumbe would be hard fought and the atmosphere resembled tournament style play.
"The crowd was incredible," Brock said. "The noise level in the gym was tremendous. The level of play was intense."
Mt. Edgecumbe took an early double-digit lead in the first quarter as the Vikings struggled to find their rhythm but the Petersburg team crept back and hit a key outside shot that helped set the pace for the squad.
Cayin McCay stepped up in the third quarter, scoring seven of his 12 total points.
From then on it was a one to two possession game with Petersburg taking the lead by five points in the fourth.
"We relaxed defensively and had a couple of turnovers allowing Mt. Edgecumbe to tie," Brock said.
The Mt. Edgecumbe squad took a two-point lead after hitting a free throw. After missing the second shot the offense scrambled for the ball but lost possession with less than a minute to go.
Brock said his team ran a play they frequently practice, which left Colby Bell open behind the three-point line at the top of the key.
"He got the ball and didn't hesitate and hit a 3 point shot," Brock said.
With the Vikings up by one point with less than five seconds left, Mt. Edgecumbe threw up a deep shot but missed, sealing a Viking win 45-44.
Michael Brock scored 15 points and Colby Bell scored nine.
Mt. Edgecumbe came back hard the following night, dominating the play throughout the game.
"Mt. Edgecumbe played with a little more energy," Brock said. "For lack of a better term there was lid on the rim for us. The ball would not drop."
Michael Brock, Jesse Lantiegne and Tristan Welton all had good looks at the basket but couldn't sink the shots.
"Psychologically, its tough to keep battling from that," Brock said. "We weren't playing badly, but we could not buy a bucket."
The Vikings played better in the fourth quarter scoring more than 20 points. But it was too little too late and Mt Edgecumbe took the game 57-36.
Lantiegne scored eight points and McCay scored seven points.
The Vikings play Sitka this weekend. Saturday's game times have changed. The boy's Senior appreciation day is scheduled for 2 pm on Saturday between the junior varsity's 1:30 game and the varsity squad's 2:30 game.