By Dave Pearce
Fans of North Posey basketball got a glimpse of what the team is capable of doing this weekend when the Vikings manhandled Tecumseh at home in a conference match-up and fell to a very good Forest Park team 43-42 on the road.
But on Friday night at home against a Tecumseh team that came in 7-4, the Vikings got help from literally everyone on the team as they started a little slow offensively, but used good defense and timely offense to pull away from the Braves and gain their third win of the season 58-40.
In a rare start, Drake Davenport buried a 3-pointer from deep in the corner to open the scoring but the Braves then scored the next seven points.
“We had to deal with some adversity with missing Bryce Martin but Davenport came out and hit that big three and I thought that set the tone for us,” North Posey Coach Heath Howington said.
James Marshall hit one of two free throws and that was followed by buckets by Cody Ungetheim and Michael Bender and the Braves found themselves down 9-7, forcing boss Kevin Oxley to use a time out.
His Braves responded with a 3-point bucket. Damon Cardin scored inside before the Braves got the last basket of the quarter to lead 12-11 at the break.
But defensive pressure by the Vikings began to take its toll on the Braves. With fresh bodies running in and out, the Vikings lost very little when they substituted.
Howington, in absence of regular starting point guard Bryce Martin, used a variety of players in various positions to take the Braves out of their gameplan.
Cody Ungetheim inflicted the most damage as the senior, who has spent the majority of the past year recuperating from a knee surgery, showed that he has regained the shooting touch he displayed during his sophomore season.
He got the first basket of the second period and immediately took a charge on the defensive end of the floor.
Marshall scored one one-on-one move and Ungetheim hit two of his four free throws in the next two possessions to put the Vikings ahead 17-12.
Ungetheim would hit two more free throws before the Braves would finally get on the second quarter scoreboard at the 4:36 mark.
But Reed Gertiesen answered the Braves and the order of the next few buckets was more about the assists than the scoring. Cardin came up with a big steal and threw the ball ahead to Ungetheim for an easy two before Zack Carl came up with a steal and found Davenport open ahead and the Vikings had moved out to a 30-18 lead. After the Braves missed a 3-point opportunity, the Vikings held for one shot and Marshall drove the lane to give the Vikes a 32-18 lead at the half.
“We really challenged our guys to play with energy and passion and this is such a fun game to play,” Howington said after the game. “When you play the right way, that energy is contagious. We have 11 guys that are capable. We showed that tonight because our depth really wore them down. Defensively, we forced them into 24 turnovers and I was very pleased with our effort.”
But the Braves would not go away easily…
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