After several days of not competing, the Decorah boys’ basketball team (6-10, 3-6 NEIC) was looking forward not only to competing, but to picking up a win. However, in the end, the Vikings couldn’t pull it off, falling to Crestwood Thursday. Decorah responded by pounding MFL MarMac Saturday.

Another close one

Decorah has lost all six of its conference games by five points or less, including another heartbreaker Thursday at home versus Crestwood.

Pouring in 15 points in the first eight minutes secured an early Viking lead that was maintained through halftime, 26-19. The Cadets began to chip away at the advantage in the third quarter as Decorah grasped a 35-31 lead with eight minutes remaining. As the conference game rolled on, the Vikings struggled to get on the board as Crestwood pulled even 35-all by two minutes in. With minutes remaining, Decorah couldn’t sink the necessary shots to regain control, falling 48-46.

“The guys played a great first half,” said Coach Jonathan Carlson. “Give Cresco credit as they hit shots and we didn’t capitalize when we had the lead. We still believe in our guys and we will get over the hump this season.”

Leading the way with nine points each were Keaton Solberg, Sam Robinson and Pat Bockman. Under the basket with five rebounds apiece were S. Robinson, Matthew Franzen and Logan Halverson.


Non-conference tussle

Following the disappointing, close NEIC loss two days earlier, Decorah found its groove Saturday and punished MFL MarMac with a 66-38 win.

The Vikings kept the Bulldogs in single-digit scoring in three quarters en route to the caging.

“Our guys had great intensity and it parlayed into success,” said Coach Carlson. “While it is a good team win, we can’t be satisfied and have to stay hungry as we have four games in the next six days.”

Ten different Vikings found their way into the scorebook, led by Charles Robinson with 16 points. Matthew Franzen nailed down 11 points while S. Robinson and Andrew Magner dropped in nine apiece. Leading the way with nine rebounds was Logan Halverson.

Up next

The Vikings will hit the court for a quartet of games this week that began with a make-up contest at Oelwein Monday. The game’s outcome and statistics were unavailable at press time.

As the week continues, Decorah visits Waukon tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 5) for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off. The home finale will take place Friday, Feb. 8, versus Charles City at 7:30 p.m., while the regular season wraps up at Prairie du Chien Saturday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m.