Decorah’s Patrick Bockman works his way past a Vinton-Shellsburg defender in last week’s substate contest. The senior knocked down 20 points in the Vikings’ substate semifinal versus Center Point-Urbana Thursday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)
Decorah’s Patrick Bockman works his way past a Vinton-Shellsburg defender in last week’s substate contest. The senior knocked down 20 points in the Vikings’ substate semifinal versus Center Point-Urbana Thursday night. (Photo by Becky Walz)

The Decorah boys’ basketball team ended its season with a loss to Center Point-Urbana (17-8) Thursday, Feb. 27, in Center Point, 70-58.

The Vikings ended the season 19-5 overall. The Stormin Pointers moved on to face Marion (19-4) at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids for the right to go to state.

Decorah got off to a solid start, leading 10-7 five minutes into the contest, from there it was all CPU as the Stormin Pointers rattled off 14 unanswered points on the Vikings. A dead-even second quarter left Decorah facing an 11-point deficit, 38-27, at the halfway mark. 

The third quarter saw the Vikings make a dent in the lead, leaving just a seven-point spread, 47-40. Despite coming on strong in the second half, Decorah’s first-half disadvantage was too much to overcome as CPU closed out the victory with a strong fourth quarter.

“This is not the way we wanted to end the season, but our guys went down swinging. Although it hurts losing, this team has many accomplishments to be thankful for,” Decorah Head Coach Jonathan Carlson said. “The team set the bar high and hopefully this is just the beginning. We are thankful to our wonderful continued support all season — it has been greatly appreciated. This group has been a joy to coach and we will miss them immensely.”

Patrick Bockman led the Vikings with 20 points on the day, with Logan Halverson pitching in 19. Halverson was also there for six rebounds and six assists. Adding nine points, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals was senior Andrew Magner.

Decorah graduates seven seniors — Keaton Solberg, Braden Elton, Patrick Bockman, Matthew Franzen, Logan Halverson, Andrew Magner and Seth Shindelar.