Viking senior Jared Brandt sets the offense at the top of the key. Brandt had 9 points against Corbett — Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News
Siuslaw: 61 Corbett: 44
The Vikings found themselves in a tug of war during Friday’s non-league home stand against Corbett (3-5). Though Siuslaw won the tipoff and scored the first point on a charity shot from senior Jared Brandt, the Cardinals countered at the opposite end of the hardwood — setting a tone that would last for the next 30 minutes of playing time.
A pair of steals and long 3-pointers gave Corbett a 14-8 lead with 29 seconds in the period, but senior Jake Hickson drained his own 3-pointer to end the quarter and put the Viks back within 3 points, 11-14, to start the second period.
Siuslaw’s offense switched gears, turning up the heat and going on a 6-0 run fueld by rebounding from Brandt, a jumper from senior John Rollin and some work off the glass from junior Dylan Wynn.
The Cardinals tied the game at 17-17 with a 3-pointer, and the tug of war continued. Freethrow shooting from Brandt and Rollin put the Viks ahead 27-24 with 2:34 remaining in the half.
However, foul trouble for Siuslaw put Corbett in the bonus, which the Cardinals utilized to move ahead 32-27 with 33 seconds left.
Senior Kyle King had the final say before the half, nabbing a steal and scoring on the fastbreak to keep Siuslaw within 3 points, 29-32, entering the break.
Coming into the third period, scoring from Rollin and Hickson tied things at 32-32. The game was tied three more times in the quarter until freethrow shooting from King put the Viks ahead 36-35. Less than 30 seconds later, a 3-pointer from Wynn gave the Viks a slim 4-point edge, which the Cardinals chipped away at with a charity shot.
With 11 seconds on the clock, Wynn struck again, on a feed from Brandt, for a 41-37 lead heading into the fourth period.
From there, the Viks never trailed, slowly building on their lead with shooting from King, Hickson, Rollin and Brandt down the stretch — with the final basket coming on a steal from King lobbed to Rollin to end it at 61-44.
King led scoring with 15 points. Hickson and Wynn had 11 points each, including three 3-pointers for Wynn. Brandt had 9 points and Rollin scored 8 points for Siuslaw.
Jan 5 and 6, the Viks will be at the Crossover Tournament at Hidden Valley High School before hosting Junction City Jan. 9, beginning at 7 p.m.
On Jan. 12, Siuslaw will open the Far West League at home against Marshfield.
Tipoff will be at 7:30 p.m.