Vikings lose to Mt. Edecumbe at Region V Tourney
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Mt. Edgecumbe High School sophomore Tesfaye Herrmann (3) has his shot blocked by Petersburg freshman Jesse Lantiegne (33) during Region V basketball tournament action at Juneau-Douglas High School on Wednesday. The Braves topped the Vikings 51-29.
The Petersburg Vikings lost twice to Mt. Edgecumbe at the regional tournament games last week.
Vikings Head Coach Rick Brock said his team needed to regroup after it lost to Mt. Edgecumbe on Wednesday morning.
"Mt. Edgecumbe played with a sense of urgency and it was tournament time so I felt we needed to match their intensity level," Brock said.
The Vikings started off strong in the first quarter as the two teams went back and forth. The Petersburg squad led by a point at the start of the second quarter, maintained the edge and went into half time leading 19-17.
But Mt. Edgecumbe put pressure on the Vikings after the half and starting player Kayin McCay dislocated his finger in the third quarter.
"Mt. Edgecumbe came out with a full court press," Brock said. "That along with Kayin hurting his finger really changed the momentum for us."
Petersburg forced two turnovers but were unable to turn the change of possessions into points.
Mt. Edgecumbe scored 26 points in the third quarter compared to the Vikings six.
The Vikings kept fighting and closed the gap to eight points after coming into the fourth quarter down 13 but there wasn't enough time in the game for the run to last.
The Vikings lost their final game of the season 57-41.
Petersburg's Michael Brock (3) shoots over Mt. Edgecumbe's Tesfaye Herrmann (3) and Corby Kasayulie (4) during region basketball action on Friday at JDHS.
Michael Brock scored 19 points and Tristan Welton scored 12.
Brock said despite the losses at the regional tournament, he's proud of his team's performance this season.
"You can judge a season's success by how you finish at the end at regionals but you can also look at the progress that you've made," Brock said. "I couldn't have asked anything more from this group of guys than what they gave. It was a pleasure to coach this group of young men."
Seniors Alan Jensen, Connor Yeager and Jared Volk, Michael Brock and Welton played the last games of their high school careers. All five were named to the 'all-academic team.'
Brock and the head coaches from Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka elected Michael Brock and Welton to the 'all-conference team.'
Alan Jensen and Kjell Wittstock were selected for 'good sport' awards based on their efforts and positive attitudes.