Viking boys win at Cascade 46-42
Lake (5-3 in Wesco North, 7-6 overall) improved its playoff hopes with the win, the third straight in which the Vikings have held the opposition to under 50 points.
The win followed a now-familiar formula for the Vikings -- a smothering internal defense, rebounding superiority, and a significant scoring output by guard Dakota Tomson.
Tomson made six of 10 threes against Cascade, scoring 20 points and delivering what amounted to the game-winning baskets late in the game. It was his third consecutive 20-point game.
Gunnar Eklund and Loren Vandegrift dominated the rebounding statistics with 15 and 10 respectively while Vandegrift blocked four shots and Eklund three.
Lake had trouble shaking off the Bruin pressing defense, committing 20 turnovers, including 11 steals many of which led directly to Cascade baskets, as the Vikings saw an 11-point third quarter lead morph into a 3-point deficit late in the fourth quarter.
A pair of Tomson threes helped Lake jump to a 9-2 lead, and a Christian Gasca’s buzzer-beating jumper off Brady Pahukoa’s rebound touch pass staked the Vikings to a 15-10 lead at the quarter break.
Three offensive rebound baskets by Cascade in the second quarter factored in the Bruins finally gaining a 23-all tie but Tomson’s three fifteen seconds before halftime put Lake ahead 26-23 at the break.
Lake then ran off the first eight points after halftime to go ahead 34-23 on a basket by Eklund and threes by Tomson and Kevin Smith.
Turnovers plagued Lake for the rest of the going, allowing Cascade to pull within 37-35 at the quarter break following LaQuondis Bruce’s three.
Vandegrift rebounded his own miss for a 39-35 Viking lead at the outset of the fourth quarter, but three consecutive steals and lay-ins by Cascade, two of them by Johnnie Hilliard, plus a free throw by Hilliard, gave the Bruins a 42-39 lead with 3:31 left.
A put-back by Vandegrift made it 42-41 at the 2:52 mark and Tomson’s three at the two minute mark put Lake back ahead by 44-42.
With about a minute left Tomson’s drive to the bucket was goal-tended to make it 46-42 and neither team was able to score after that.
Cascade missed its final six shots of the game and was just 18 of 59 overall (including four of 19 threes) for 31 percent. Lake fared slightly better, making 16 of 45 overall for 36 percent but shot exceptionally well from three-point range where it made eight of 13.
Lake outrebounded Cascade by 43-31. Lake had 20 turnovers, Cascade 11. Lake made six of nine free throws, Cascade two of seven.
Gasca led Lake in the assist department with five.