In a seesaw battle between two Packerland Conference rivals, it was Gibraltar that delivered the final blow in a 58-53 victory Friday night at Algoma.
The Vikings took an early lead with Jake Schar pacing the offense with turnaround jumpers inside the arc and threes in transition to help the team build a 10 point lead. It was then the Wolves' Kaden Vardon's turn to take the reins of the game offensively. He scored 11 of his team-high 11 points in the first half to help the Wolves get back into the game. Coupled with a press defense and a timely three by Cody Kirchman, the Wolves turned the deficit into a one-point halftime advantage.
The Vikings would flip the script of the game from the opening whistle, going on a 11-1 run that would give them another 10-point lead in the contest. The Wolves flipped the switch again defensively as the Vikings struggled to get looks in the middle part of the second half while Algoma's offense whittled away at the deficit. The two teams would jockey for position the rest of the way until Schar's runner in the final minutes went in while he got fouled, leading him to convert the three-point play. Carl Burgess would ice the game away in the final seconds, converting three of his final four free throws bookending a stretched-out block by Will Friedenfels.
For the Vikings, Schar led the way with 26 points while Friedenfels added nine and Braden Sitte and Burgess each chipped in eight. Vardon was joined by Owen Robertson and Parker Lischka in double figures.
The Vikings will next play at Kewaunee on January 26th while the Wolves host Kewaunee on January 24th.