Viking boys wrapped up their second straight Wesco North title last Thursday at Lake with a 76-59 win over Everett on Senior Night.
Lake (14-2 in league, 15-5 overall) shares the title this time with Stanwood, after edging out the Spartans by a single game last season.
Lake gained Wesco North’s number two seed (decided by tiebreaker criteria) and will host Shorewood on Wednesday in the opening game of the District Tournament. Mark Hein’s Vikings beat Shorewood 57-43 in the season opener.
Lake 76 Everett 59 Lake blew out to a 21-0 lead with 1:37 left in the first quarter and Viking reserves saw plenty of playing time after that.
Lake, mired in a shooting slump during its past two road games, broke out of it in a big way, connecting on nearly 60 percent of its field goals for the first three quarters, before a sloppy fourth quarter brought that down to an even 50 percent for the game (28 of 56, including nine of 20 threes).
Keying the barrage were Shane Kaska and Aaron (A.J.) Maw, who combined to make 17 of 27 field goals, including eight of 15 threes. Maw finished with 27 points and Kaska (in limited playing time) had 19. Equally important to the win was Jarrett Hanson, whose four steals in the game’s first four minutes led to four breakaway Viking baskets. Hanson dished out eight assists in the game, while playing harassing defense. Arvid Isaksen contributed eight points, a team-high 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Lake led by 25-5 after one quarter, and when Mike Schneider beat the halftime buzzer with a driving lay-in, the margin was 44-21 at intermission. A run and gun third quarter for both teams resulted in a 65-42 margin entering the fourth -- which turned out to be an ugly one for Lake, not that it mattered much. Everett, by out-rebounding Lake 30-18 in the second half, managed to pare the final margin to 76-59.
Kaska’s 20 points per game in Wesco North play earned him the league scoring title -- and perhaps its unofficial “Most Valuable Player” as well. And Coach Hein is certainly in the running for league “Coach of the Year” once again.
Now the “second season” begins as Lake takes aim on a second straight trip to the State Tournament in March.