Alexander Upsets Vinton County on Final Shot

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The Alexander Spartans handed the Vinton County Vikings their first loss of the season with a 73-71 win, ending the Viking’s 12-game winning streak.

The two teams started off the game very well matched on defense with excellent man-to-man coverage as they tried to move the ball down the court. This lead to a low scoring first quarter due to blocked shots.

Alexander gave the top dog of the TVC a run for their money, keeping a close score with Vinton County for the first half. The teams ended the second quarter 36-28 with the Vikings on top.

The second half is when the Spartans warmed up and started a fire with their offense. They came out of the half with momentum and quickly tied up the game, making the Vikings struggle to keep up. Alexander made the shots it needed and racked up points on the scoreboard.

Vinton County had a tough time scoring in the second half and missed opportunities cost them. It wasn’t until the middle of the fourth quarter the Vikings began to gain back their typical confidence in their shooting but at this point, it was already too late.

“A lot of things went wrong…we had some uncharacteristic stuff, just turnovers, mistakes, we didn’t guard them. We just didn’t defend and their kids made shots, you have to give them all the credit. Coach Kearns did a great job, the players did a great job,” Coach Combs said.

Even though Naylan Yates and Tristan Bartoe had a combined point total of 46 points, this still wasn’t enough. Alexander had an incredible offense where it nailed crucial three-pointers and sank their foul shots when Vinton County couldn’t and this prevented another win.

“We’re going to go back to doing what we do and try to get better. We’re going to watch the film and try to figure out our mistakes…And then once we get some things fixed, we’ll get ready to go out to Nelsonville and play Tuesday.”