Siuslaw hosts nailbiters with Falcons


Siuslaw boys d Elmira: 62-54

Elmira d Siuslaw girls: 35-31

Feb. 1, 2020 — The Viking boys were caught in a back-and-forth battle with Elmira that had the crowd on its feet throughout last Tuesday’s matchup at Glenn Butler Court.

For the first two minutes of play, it appeared the game would be a blowout as Elmira’s strong offense, coupled with some missed shots by Siuslaw, saw the Falcons jump to a quick 9-0 advantage.

But the Viks rallied, draining 14 points to finish the first quarter with a 4-point, 17-13 lead over the Falcons. Elmira fought back in the second period, outscoring the Viks 14-10 for at halftime tie at 27-27.

In the third quarter, the battle continued in a tug-o-war that saw Siuslaw ahead by 8 points, then then the Falcons rallied to close the gap within 2 points, 44-42, heading int the final period.

The Viks held nothing back coming into the fourth quarter, extending its defensive pressure and stealing the first nine points in a near mirror image of the first quarter. However, unlike the second quarter, the Falcons never recovered, with Siuslaw pulling away for a 62-54 win.

Brody Terry led scoring with 15 points, followed by Liam McClellan with 14 and 12 points each from Avery Hart and Braydon Thornton.

Tuesday night’s win was key for Siuslaw in maintaining its battle for a playoff spot. Standing at 2-2 in league, the Viks are now ranked 24th, with the top 20 qualifying for a chance at state. The win could create much-needed momentum for the Vikings going into the next week.

Last night, they were on the road to play No. 15-ranked Junction City (after press deadlines).

This Tuesday, Siuslaw will host Cottage Grove before traveling to Eugene to face league leader Marist (4-0, 14-3) next Friday.

In the girls’ game last Tuesday, it was another heartbreaker for the Lady Viks.

Throughout the first three quarters, it looked as though Siuslaw was in the midst of pulling off its first home game win of the season.

Both teams struggled in the first quarter, but the Viks were able to create a small 2-point lead at the end of the period at 8-6. They were able to hold onto a narrow lead throughout the second quarter and enter halftime 15-14, then remain ahead 26-25 heading into the final period.

The fourth quarter saw a small rally by the Falcons, who were able to edge out the Viks 31-30 with less than four minutes remaining.

Unfortunately for Siuslaw, foul trouble began to add up, keeping the ball firmly on Elmira’s side during the last few minutes —allowing the Falcons to extend their lead.

Siuslaw was able to regain possession in the final seconds for a chance to tie the game and force it into overtime, but Siuslaw came up short as Elmira held on for a 35-31 win.

Tuesday’s matchup with the Lions tips off 5:45 p.m. with the girls’ game, followed by the boys at 7:15 p.m.

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