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Height doesn't matter as Vikes roll past MTCS

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Jackson Wisener fires a shot over the towering MTCS defense. Wisener led the Vikings with 14 points.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
CHAPEL HILL -- On paper, the MTCS Middle Cougars had a definite size advantage in the paint against the Community Vikings.

But a quick glance at the final score, and it seems like nobody bothered to mention that to the Vikings as they posted a 43-25 round one win in the Duck River Valley Conference World Tournament on Wednesday night.

The Vikes crashed the boards all night and limited the Cougars to single possession scoring opportunities, while providing multiple scoring chances for themselves.

Stifling 'D'

In all, the Purple and Gold didn't allow a single Cougar more than four points while conversely putting Jackson Wisener and Tatan Cagle in double digits.

The onslaught started slow, but once the scoring started, there was no denying the Vikings a berth in the semifinal round of the tournament.

In the first quarter, the Cougars took an early lead, but the Vikings were able to take advantage of a 4-0 run to hold the lead as time expired. But just before the buzzer, the Cougars drilled a jumper to cut the Community lead to two points heading into the second frame.

Despite the late bucket, Community outscored MTCS 15-7 in the second quarter and never looked back through the remainder of the game.

Wisener attacks

During the second quarter, Wisener jump started the Vikings by a quick five points with his relentless attack in the paint. He repeated his performance in the third quarter as well.

Cagle also lent his support to the Vikings cause much in the way Wisener did.

The pair spent the bulk of the night driving the lane and looking for the fouls and knocking down layups.

In all, the Vikings dominated to the final buzzer thanks to a strong defensive effort.

In addition to Wisener and Cagle's scoring efforts, four other Vikings were able to score points and contribute to the Vikings winning efforts.

Taking aim

With the win, Community has its sights set on the championship game on Saturday afternoon.

But that trek towards the championship game has a major road block in the semifinal round--No. 1 Cascade.

The Vikings will have to do what no other team has been able to do this year and that is beat the Cascade Champions.

Tip off in their semifinal round begins tonight at 5:15.

MTCS 6 7 4 8 -- 25

Community 8 15 13 7 -- 43

MTCS: Parker Phillips 4, Taylor Gardner 4, Nate Howell 4, Maddox Pack 4, Nathan Smith 2, Braden Johnson 2, Jared Smith 2, Jarred Glidden 2, Kavan Hill 1.

Community: Jackson Wisener 14, Tatan Cagle 10, Austin Bonner 4, Tanner McClure 4, Michael McClain 4, Tyler Hutchinson 1.

Halftime score: Community 23, MTCS 13.

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