Jan. 30, 2019 — After a three-game road trip, the Siuslaw Vikings returned to their home court to host the Junction City Tigers in a Sky-Em League matchup last Friday night at Glenn Butler Court. The Tigers came into the game with an even 2-2 league record while the Vikings were looking for their first league win.
Junction City got off to a good start with seniors Maxx Thielman and Trae Knabe combing for 10 points to give them a 10-4 lead with 1:47 left in the first quarter. That’s when Vikings freshman Braydon Thornton scored 5 of his 7 points in the quarter — including a 3-pointer — to go along with a layup from junior Caleb Hennessee to end the quarter on a 7-0 run that gave Siuslaw an 11-10 lead heading into the second period.
With a close first quarter, the Tigers struck back, scoring 17 points led by junior Estifanos Gerdes and senior Cameron Gibson with 4 points each. Meanwhile, the Tigers were able to hold Siuslaw to just 9 points in the quarter, taking a 27-20 lead into halftime.
The Tigers’ momentum carried into the second half, scoring a game-high 18 points in the third period to take a double-digit lead, 31-45, to start the final quarter.
Siuslaw slowed the Tigers’ offense in the fourth period and held Junction City to just 9 points. Unfortunately, the Viks only managed to put up eight points of their own with shooting from freshman Brody Terry and sophomore Elijah Blankenship with 2 points each, and 4 points from Hennessee.
However, the collective effort wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit as the Tigers went on to secure the win, 39-54.
Thornton led Siuslaw with 13 points. Sophomore Jacob Foskett and Hennessee had 6 points each.
The Vikings open the second half of the Sky-Em season this Friday, on the road at Cottage Grove. Tip-off is at 7:15 p.m., following the girls’ game, which tips off at 5:45 p.m.