Vikings knock off Knights, 51-47
CERRA GORDO — The Vikings made the right halftime adjustments and rallied from a seven-point deficit to hand visiting West Bladen a 51-47 non-conference loss.
The Knights fall to 2-2 with the defeat.
West Bladen matched the home team through the first quarter and managed to take a 13-10 edge after the first 8 minutes of play.
That lead grew in the second quarter when the Knights outscored West Columbus by a 12-8 margin and took a 25-18 advantage into intermission.
But the Vikings came out focused in the second half and took a big chunk out of the deficit by winning the third quarter 12-7 to trail by just 32-30.
In the fourth, both teams opened up the offense and traded points, but West Columbus got the better of it — taking the final 8 minutes by a 21-15 score and sealing the win.
Nate Pryor led West Bladen with 17 points, and teammate Rahu Pudie added 10. Malcolm Vaught had the Knights’ lobe three-pointer and scored eight points.
— For the second straight game, West Bladen used a late three-pointer to knot the game and then won in overtime in Dublin. This time, the victim was South Columbus, as the Knights rallied for a 53-49 non-conference win on Thursday.
The Stallions opened the game with a 3-0 spurt, but three-pointers from Stefan McDonald and Joseph Miller sparked a 13-8 run by the Knights to take a 13-11 lead after the first quarter.
The second stanza belonged to West Bladen — and primarily McDonald, who canned nine points and featured a three-pointer. late in the half, Malcolm Vaught converted a steal into a bucket and Rahu Purdie let go a three-pointer that fell just before the buzzer to give the Knights a 27-19 lead.
But South Columbus made enough adjustments during intermission and took over in the third quarter — and the ejection of a player from both teams early in the half took the wind out of West Bladen’s sails for the rest of the period.
The Stallions outscored West Bladen by an 18-5 margin and carried a 37-32 lead into the final 8 minutes.
The Knights turned the tables, however, early in the quarter — getting free throws from Nate Pryor and a three-pointer from Purdie to regain the lead at 38-37. From there, South Columbus went on a 10-6 spurt to take a 47-44 lead with less than 10 seconds to play.
After a time out by West Bladen, the Knights quickly worked the ball to Pryor in the corner, who launched a three-pointer that fell to knot the game.
In overtime, West Bladen outscored the Stallions by a 6-2 margin to seal the win.
McDonald led the Knights with 15 points, while Purdie added 12 and Pryor contributed 11. Vaught recorded seven assists and five steals,
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