|3/4/2022 12:42:00 PM|
Vikings break out of funk, win 2
North Branch 70, Monticello 64
The Vikings were on a five game losing skid heading into their match up with Monticello on Thursday, February 24, and they needed to shake their funk in the worst way.
There’s not much better routes to shaking that than going 11-for-17 from beyond the arc and holding a high-powered offensive to just 64 points, but that’s what NB did, snapping the losing streak and grabbing a nice Mississippi 8 Conference win.
The Vikings came out on fire in the first half, with Carson Klein and Trevor Johnson both hitting some big three pointers.
That barrage allowed the Vikings to build a 40-31 lead, and it’s something they would need in the second half as Monticello charged back at times.
But, each time the Magic drew closer, the Vikings would hit a big shot. Travis Schoeberl also did some damage from the free throw line as he attacked the Monti defense that began to focus a bit too much on the perimeter.
Monticello did chip away three points from NB’s halftime cushion, but it wasn’t enough as NB finished up with a 70-64 win.
Johnson had 19 points and five boards and went three-of-five from deep. Klein scored 17 points, with 15 coming off three pointers, as he was five-of-six from beyond the arc.
Schoeberl had 11 points and nine boards for the Vikings. Logan Murphy chipped in nine points and Adam Rehm had eight.
North Branch 57, St. Francis 32
The Vikings’ lockdown defense was on full display against the overmatched St. Francis squad on Friday, Feb. 25
North Branch held the Saints to just 15 points in the first half and it didn’t get much better for the home team in the second half as they only mustered 17 points as North Branch ran away with their second straight M8C win.
The Vikings’ finish out their regular season with a home match up against Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, March 3 at 7:15 p.m.