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Vikings fall to Sitka in last home games of season

 

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Colby Bell attacks the basket after driving past several Sitka defenders. Bell was a high scorer during Friday night's game.

The Petersburg Vikings lost two tough games against Sitka despite taking early leads in both Friday and Saturday's contests.

The squad took control of Friday's game early in the first quarter with a 16-5 lead against the Wolves.

"We were being quick but not in a hurry," Head Coach Rick Brock said. "We were flashing into their openings."

The Vikings kept the momentum going halfway through the second quarter until the Wolves turned the tide with several big runs and outscored the Petersburg squad, taking a one point lead by the half.

As Sitka turned on the heat after the half, the Vikings remained flat. The Wolves converted several turnovers into points. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Vikings were down by 10.

"I felt the rest of the game we never played well for extended periods of time," Brock said. "When you're playing an experienced, big, strong athletic team like Sitka you have to play well for the whole game."

Brock said despite the loss he was happy with the performance of post players Colby Bell, Jesse Lantiegne and Kayin McCay.

"They attacked the rim on both ends, controlled the boards for us," Brock said.

Lantiegne scored 13 points, Bell put up 11 and Michael Brock scored seven.

The Vikings put up a stronger fight Saturday leading 27-42 at the half.

The Wolves weren't shaken though and forced several turnovers near the end of the third quarter.

"Again in the third quarter we started to struggle offensively," Brock said. "When we don't score we tend to then lose our momentum on the defensive end."

The margins were close however with Sitka leading by only five points going into the fourth quarter. Brock gambled down the stretch and attempted a full court press.

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Tristan Welton prevents a Sitka Wolf making a drive in for a layup.

"They're bigger than us," Brock said. "They can see over the top of our pressure. Once they broke our press and got behind it we could not recover fast enough."

The Wolves converted several layups and took the game 52-38.

Brock scored 13 points and Tristan Welton scored 12.

Saturday was also senior appreciation day. Alan Jensen, Connor Yeager, Jared Volk, Welton and Brock played the last home game of their Petersburg Viking basketball career.

"They've been a big part of basketball here for a long time," Brock said. "I've had the privilege of coaching a lot of them since 1st grade. It's been great to watch them grow into great, young men."

The Vikings head to Juneau next week to compete in the regional tournament. The Vikings first game is against Mt. Edgecumbe.

 

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