By Dave Pearce
While the North Posey Viking varsity basketball team continues to improve, the reserve team is on the path to improvement as well. Although the team dropped both decisions this weekend, the margin in both was small and the effort was good for the Vikings.
At Tecumseh, the Vikings apparently did not play to their potential in the first half and tailed 32-18. However, the Vikings turned up the defense and the Braves went cold and the Vikings pulled even at 45 before falling 50-45 a narrow 50-45 decision.
Damon Cardin scored the first second-half points for the Vikings and a run by Zack Carl left the team trailing 41-25. The Braves always seemed to have an answer. But a bucket by Drew Cumbee and a steal and lay-up by Bo Cox pulled the Vikings to within 41-31 at the end of the third quarter.
Jacob Brenton matched Tecumseh’s first bucket of the fourth quarter with a 3-point play. He followed that with a apir of free throws to pull the Vikes to within 43-37. Cumbee then nailed a 10-footer before Brenton pulled the team to within 44-40 at the 2:15 mark.
Another Brenton bucket combined with a Brave turnover gave the Vikings a chance and Cumbee took advantage.
With 31.7 seconds showing on the clock, Cumbee’s 3-pointer hit nothing but net and the score was finally tied at 45.
But the Braves answered with a long-distance 3-pointer of their own and a pair of free throws as time expired left the Vikings on the short end of a 50-45 score.
Saturday night’s game was much like Friday’s.
The Vikings trailed 23-19 at the half and never could get over the hump.
A Bo Cox 3-pointer pulled the team to within 34-30 after they had fallen behind by nine in the third period.
The Rangers put the ball on ice for nearly two minutes of the final period and when Cox hit one of two free throws with 29 seconds remaining in the game, the Vikings were within 38-35.
But the Vikings were forcxed to foul and the Rangers hit 4-of-4 free throws down the stretch to secure the 42-35 win.
The Vikings will host South Knox on Friday and travel to South Spencer on Saturday.