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Champs stop Vikes, reach World finals

Friday, December 7, 2012

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Seth Gardner of Cascade lays one in after a fast break in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with 11 points.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
CHAPEL HILL -- Jackson Wisener gave everything he had and then some to try and boost the Community Middle Vikings to the championship round of the Duck River Valley Conference World Tournament with an impressive 27-point performance in Thursday's semifinal round.

But in the end, his efforts fell just short as the Cascade Champions were able to outlast their longtime rivals and punch their tickets to Saturday's championship game.

Fast start

The Champs burst out of the gates in the first quarter and got nine of their first 14 points from Hayden Edmondson, who drilled a pair of treys and connected on three foul shots.

Terrance Swan added to the Champs' early efforts with a 3-pointer of his own. But as hot as the Champs' were on the offensive side of the ball in the first, their luck quickly turned as points became a rare commodity, giving the Vikings a chance to barge back into the game.

Community closed in on the Champs in the second frame and trimmed the lead to four points before Edmondson was fouled beyond the arc as the buzzer sounded.

He connected on all three free throws, putting the Champs on top 22-15 after the first half.

Determination

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Tatan Cagle of Community attempts to finish off a shot in the paint, but draws the foul and goes to the line where he connected on 1-of-2 tries.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
But the pesky Vikings just wouldn't go away.

The Purple and Gold added eight more in the third while Cascade tallied a dozen more points to the Champs' efforts.

Still, Community continued to work the paint and got six more points in the third quarter from Wisener to keep the Vikes within striking distance.

With Wisener leading the way, Community continued to pound away at the scoreboard until the final buzzer sounded.

Wisener accounted for a dozen of his 27 points in the fourth frame alone, nearly giving Community the comeback win.

Champs hang on

Despite his best efforts, Cascade was able to add seven more to put the Vikings away and clinch a berth in the championship game.

In addition to Edmondson's game-high 20 points, Seth Gardner tallied 11 points, while Nick Adcock and Terrance Swan added five apiece.

At the line, Cascade cashed in on 11-of-15 attempts while the Vikings added 17-of-31 tries, 11 of which came courtesy of Wisener.

Both teams will advance to Saturday where the Champs will face the No. 2 Eagleville Eagles in the championship round while the Vikings face the Liberty Patriots for third place in the consolation bracket.

Community 7 8 8 14 -- 37

Cascade 14 8 12 7 -- 41

Community: Jackson Wisener 27, Tanner McClure 4, Michael McClain 3, Austin Bonner 2, Tatan Cagle 1.

Cascade: Hayden Edmondson 20, Seth Gardner 11, Nick Adcock 5, Terrance Swan 5.

3-Point goals: Cascade (6): Edmondson 3, Gardner 2, Swan 1;

Halftime score: Cascade 22, Community 15.