Boys basketball outlasts Churchill 56–47; advance to section finals

By Bennett Solomon

The boys basketball team (15-9) defeated the Churchill Bulldogs (12–11) 56–47 Monday night in the second round of the playoffs.

Churchill scored the first basket of the game and got off to a 2–0 lead. However, that was the only lead that Churchill would have because the Vikes soon dominated throughout the game. The team played strong defensively in the first quarter which allowed them to take a 16–10 lead into the second quarter.

Churchill started to cut the deficit in the second, but the Vikes maintained the lead heading into the third quarter, leading 26–23.

In the second half, the Vikes continued to play well defensively to halt a Churchill comeback and ultimately win by nine points. The Vikes beat Churchill for the third time this year and coach Lun said they executed well on all sides of the ball.

“We did a good job keeping Churchill out of the paint, and we forced them to beat us from the outside,” Lun said. “They had some success from the three-point line in the first half, so we had our guys close out better in the second half.”

Guard Brendan Shaver led the team in scoring with 22 points and nine rebounds, while guard Josh Weinberg added ten points.

The team next plays the Walter Johnson Wildcats (17–6) in the section finals, Wednesday, March 6 at 7pm at Walter Johnson High School.

“It is going to be a very tough game,” Lun said. “They shoot the ball well, they are unselfish, and they have some big kids that cause matchup problems. We need to play together, be disciplined, and take smart shots.”