Vikings split two weekend games

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Evergreen didn’t look especially very good either night offensively, but used a 11 minute 22-second stretch of not allowing a field goal to garner a 46-37 NWOAL win over Patrick Henry Friday night before dropping a 44-38 decision to Fayette in an extremely listless performance on Saturday.

Against the Patriots, the Vikings got out to a 10-5 first quarter lead as Chandler Lumbrezer and Nate Brighton hit triples, while Phoenix VanOstrand and Bryce Hudik each got to the rim for hoops.

However, the Viking offense went almost non-existent in the second while Patrick Henry’s Xavier Wensink scored seven of the 10 Patriot points to close the gap to 16-15 by halftime.

Wensink’s rebound basket at the 3:49 mark, then a pair of free throws with 2:44 left got the Patriots close but the Vikings trapping defense led by VanOstrand, Hudik and Teagen Pinkelman suffocated Patrick Henry the next 10:44.

While the Patriots were being held scoreless, Lumbrezer scored on a left to right move, Brighton hit another from long range, and Mason Loeffler scored inside to extend the Vikes lead to 24-15.

Wensink finally put PH back in the scoring column with a pair from the line with 42 seconds left and then Kaleb McGraw got a three-point play with 27 seconds left, getting the Patriots within 24-20 before Loeffler hit from the right corner to close the period.

Austin Blanton’s five early fourth quarter points held the Viking lead at 32-25, but Alex VanDeBussche got hot for the Patriots, scoring nine points in the quarter, including a pair from the free throw line with 1:51 left that gave PH a 37-36 lead.

However, Evergreen rallied with a 10-0 run to finish the game.

Lumbrezer hit one and the bonus with 1:42 left to give Evergreen a 38-37 lead, then found Loeffler for an and-one layup against the press 37 seconds later.

Josh Dowling split a pair from the line to make it 42-37, then after a Hudik steal, Lumbezer again hit Loeffler up court for a dunk that turned into a three-point play with 23 seconds left.

Loeffler had 18 points for the Vikings. Wensink had 17 and VanDeBussche 11 for the Patriots.

Eagles down Vikings

That same defensive stand was no where to be found Saturday in a game where possessions were at the premium.

Fayette hit six from outside the arc and when they weren’t doing that, the smaller Eagles were dominating the Vikings on the glass getting critical putback hoops at key times.

After a slow 7-7 first quarter, Travis Wagner hit one three-ball for Fayette and Clayton Pheils added two more, only to be countered by Loeffler’s trio of triples, including the last on a heave from just inside midcourt to finish the half to give Evergreen a 20-19 lead.

Blanton moved the Vikings lead to 23-19 on a fastbreak hoop and a free throw, but the Eagles, who were better on the glass, got to the free throw line and took the lead at 25-23 on a pair from Tharyn Colegrove with 3:54 left.

Dowling’s triple regained a Viking lead and after Trey Keefer third chance rebound basket, Lumbrezer hit from outside the arc to make it 29-27.

But Fayette finished the quarter on a 7-0 spurt as Pheils hit again from the three-point line, Wagner scored off the glass and when the Vikings missed consecutive box outs, Keefer again hit a third timer at the buzzer to give Fayette a 34-29 lead going into the fourth.

Evergreen rallied as Dowling hit two from the free throw stripe, Blanton scored on a lob that turned into a three-point play to tie the game and Hudik hit a floater from the baseline to give Evergreen a 36-34 lead with 3:40 left.

Colegrove scored in the key to knot the game but VanOstrand scored off a Viking miss to regain an Evergreen lead at 38-36 with 2:48 to go.

Grant Reinking hit a reverse layup off another second chance for Fayette to tie it with 2:10 left and Pheils put the Eagles ahead for good with 1:38 remaining with his fourth triple of the night.

Evergreen had chances to come back as Keefer missed from the line with 19.9 left, but Reinking grabbed the offensive rebound and split a pair to put the Eagles up two possessions before Colegrove closed it out with two more free throws with seven ticks left.

Pheils led a balanced Fayette scoring column with 12 points, while Blanton had the same for Evergreen.

Fayette outrebounded the Vikings 29-20 while both teams shot 33 percent for the game.

Evergreen is now 9-11 after the weekend while Fayette is 7-11.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor

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