Viking men defeat Lincoln Hornets in Western League basketball game, Jan. 25
The La Jolla High School varsity basketball team once again played tight defense that proved to be too much for the Lincoln High School Hornets on Jan. 25 in the “Big Gym.” The Vikings walked off the court, celebrating a 53-41 victory.
Each man in the hardworking Viking defense stayed chest-to-chest with his individual assignments throughout the game. The Vikings came into the contest with an overall record of 11 wins and nine losses, including two wins and four losses in league play. They are a very good team and a lot of fun to watch.
Tyson Young hit the first bucket of the game at the 6:26 mark of the first quarter. Before Lincoln could score, La Jolla held a 5-0 lead with 5:25 left. Lincoln got on the board with a lay in, followed by a jumper and the Vikings lead was 5-4. David McColl got an offensive rebound and made it count putting it back up for two and the score was 7-4.
Jackson Smith stole a Hornet pass, got the ball to Daniel Farkas who layed it in for a 9-4 Viking lead with 2:40 to go in the first period. McColl hit an open Madigan Sepulveda under the basket, who scored, and La Jolla lead 11-4.
Farkas stole the ball and passed to Zach Ohara under the basket who converted the turnover for a three-point play and the scoring for the period ended with La Jolla leading 14-5.
Four minutes and seven seconds of the second period elapsed before either team could manage a score. A steal and lay in by Farkas broke the cold spell. Lincoln finally scored on a lay in with 3:34 left in the period and La Jolla lead 16-7.
Matt Needham hit a jumper with three minutes left in the quarter making it 18-7 followed by a lay in by the Hornets. La Jolla fouled a Hornet under the basket who made one free throw and the score was 18-10. The second period ended with La Jolla scoring two. La Jolla lead 20-10. The Viking defense was definitely on their “game” limiting Lincoln to only 10 points in the first half.
The scoring picked up the third period. A give and go from Ohara to Farkas, who missed the lay in and sunk both free throws, gave the Vikings a 22-10 bulge. Another offensive rebound by the Hornets and put back, made the score 22-12.
La Jolla makes a free throw, Ohara scores from under the basket and the Vikings were in front 25-12. Lincoln gets still another offensive rebound and lays it in reducing the deficit to 11. Two free throws by the Hornets, a driving lay in by McColl followed by a Lincoln basket from behind the arc and the score was 27-19, Vikings.
A foul while in the act of shooting gave Lincoln two free throws that they converted and the score was 27-21. A beautiful assist by Ohara to McColl, who made it count, followed by a behind-the-back pass in front of the basket by Ohara, and La Jolla scored four more stretching their lead to 10 points 31-21 with two minutes left in the period.
Lincoln scored on a free throw and a three-point play and just like that the lead was down to seven 31-25. A neat move to the basket by Ohara, a three ball by Lincoln and three-point buzzer beater by Ohara ended the third period with the Vikings leading 36-27.
Ohara opened the fourth period with a three pointer. Lincoln followed with a slam dunk and a three ball and the score was Vikings 39, Hornets 32. A driving lay in by Tyson Young and La Jolla pulled ahead 41-32.
Another offensive rebound by Lincoln and lay in and suddenly Lincoln closes the gap to 41-36. That is as close as it got. Ohara took over from there hitting a three pointer, making both ends of a one and one and finally a three point play on a driving lay in followed by a throw.
After the game Coach Baranowski said, “Total team effort … great preparation this week in practice … understanding what had to be done to beat a very athletic team. The kids played super hard. Defensive effort was acceptable. We are undersized; we have to work a little bit harder on rebounding. I thought Ohara pulled us out of quite a few holes with big three-point shots and big rebounds on the other end of the floor. Great intensity from our kids. I feel really good about what they accomplished.”
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