The Viking Boys Basketball team defeated the Pirates of Elwood last night in a tight battle for the first three quarters of play. In the first quarter, the Vikings jumped out to an 11-0 lead before the Pirates found their range and ended the first half of play in the lead 35-31. However, the Vikings were too much for the Pirates in the second half as Elwood was outscored in the final period 23-8 . The win advances the Vikings to the district final in Lexington on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm where they will meet Anselmo-Merna.
Tuesday’s games will be carried on KRVN 880 AM and will be live streamed on “The Cube”.
The Boys D2-8 sub-district final should be an exciting game if history repeats itself. After defeating Alma (70-55) Tuesday night in the first round of sub-district play, the Vikings will advance to play Elwood once again on Thursday night for the right to advance to the district final game.
When these two teams met earlier this season in Elwood, Bertrand won in overtime to defeat the Pirates 78-75. In that game, Jake Samuelson scored a school-record 47 points after sitting much of the first quarter in foul trouble. A year ago, after defeating the Pirates handily earlier in the season, the Vikings hopes were upended in the sub-district game. In that matchup, the Vikings were playing without key players Tyrell Younger and Cooper Grabenstein due to season-ending injuries. The Pirates then went on to defeat Kenesaw in the district final to advance to the state tournament in Lincoln.
Game time for the final is set for 7:00 on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Holdrege High School. The game will be live streamed on “The Cube”.
After a somewhat slow start, the Lady Vikings rolled to a 62-27 win over the Loomis Wolves Thursday night in the D2-8 sub-district final game. They will advance to the district title game against Sandhills-Thedford to be played at North Platte St. Pats McDaid Center in North Platte next Friday, February 27 at 7:00 (see map below). Sandhills-Thedford defeated Pleasanton 47-27 to advance to the district game.
The Vikings outrebounded the Wolves 46-30 and earned 17 points from second-chance points in the win. The Vikings also earned 15 points from the free throw line in which they shot 74%.
In other district action, Falls City Sacred Heart and Hampton will meet in D2-1, Wynot and Stuart in D2-2, Spalding Academy and Giltner in D2-3, Mullen and Wauneta-Palisade in D2-5, and Crawford and Leyton in D2-6. Two wild-card teams will enter the state tournament. It is unlikely that the Vikings could earn a trip based on the wild-card option.