Evergreen rebounded from a 60-44 loss to the Bryan Golden Bears Friday night to claim a 43-32 road win over North Central, picking up their seventh triumph of the year.
Deylen Miley’s five first quarter points keyed a 17-4 opening burst against the cold shooting Vikings.
Second quarter three-balls by Colt Arthur and Jaden Valderas, along with Davonte Royster’s five points expanded the Bryan lead at halftime to 34-13 as the Bears shot 52 percent in the first half compared to just 25 for Evergreen.
Dylan Lehmann’s seven straight third quarter points ballooned the Bryan advantage to 47-20 before the Vikings rallied behind Chandler Lumbrezer.
The 5’11” freshman scored 17 of his 21 points in the last nine minutes as the Vikings sliced the Bears lead to 12 at 54-42 with three minutes left but could get no closer.
The next night, the Vikings never trailed as freshman Bryce Hudik opened with a triple 11 seconds into the game and Nick Etue’s hoop gave Evergreen an early 5-0 lead.
North Central got within 16-14 with 2:11 left in the half on an Ethan Douglass basket before Evergreen finished on an 8-0 run.
Etue tripled, Josh Dowling found Phoenix VanOstrand underneath for a layup and Lumbrezer hit his only basket of the night, a triple to give Evergreen a 24-14 lead.
North Central got back into the game, mostly thanks to Evergreen’s frigid third quarter shooting.
While the Vikings were going 2 for 11, North Central got within 28-24 on a pair of Douglass free throws but Hudik bumped the lead back to seven on his fourth triple of the night.
The Eagles again got within a deuce with 4:44 left when Douglass netted another two from the line, but the Vikings doubled the lead when Dowling connected with VanOstrand for a reverse move under the hoop to double the lead before Evergreen made enough of 14 fourth quarter free throws to expand the lead.
Hudik’s 17 led all scorers as despite shooting only 30 percent from the field and 45 percent from the line, Evergreen used 16 North Central turnovers while committing only six of their own to their advantage.
The Vikings (7-10) travel to Wauseon and Fayette this weekend.
Joe Blystone can be reached at [email protected]