It was a 14-point effort for Matthew Franzen Tuesday night as Decorah defeated Waukon, 82-40. (Photo by Becky Walz)
It was a 14-point effort for Matthew Franzen Tuesday night as Decorah defeated Waukon, 82-40. (Photo by Becky Walz)

It all comes down to one final game to see who the best in the Northeast Iowa Conference is.

After the Vikings (15-4, 9-2 NEIC) thwarted Waukon (12-8, 4-7 NEIC) at home Tuesday night, 82-40, Decorah remains deadlocked with Charles City for the NEIC title. The crown will be decided Friday, Feb. 14, as the two squads square off on the Vikings’ home court. Earlier this season Decorah defeated the Comets on the road, 76-59.

While Waukon fired off the early 5-3 lead, once the fire lit for the Vikings there was no extinguishing it as Decorah rattled off 20 unanswered points to lead, 20-5, after the first eight minutes. The Red and Blue continued to find the open man in the second frame, dropping in 22 points before halftime for a 42-13 advantage. The offensive onslaught continued for Decorah in the second half for 40 more points to put the game out of reach for Waukon. 

Five Vikings were in double figures with Patrick Bockman and Matthew Franzen leading the way with 14 points apiece. Logan Halverson was strong with 13 points, while Joseph Bockman added 11. Also in double figures was Keaton Solberg.

Decorah has two more home games before the postseason begins. Friday, Feb. 14, the Vikings welcome Charles City to town for a 7:45 p.m. tip-off, then finishes off the regular season versus Prairie du Chien Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m.