EDON — That first roll of a snowball going downhill is so innocent.
Then suddenly that little snowball has become a runaway boulder with no way to stop it.
That’s what Edon must have felt like when an Evan Lumbrezer steal with 50 seconds left in the first quarter led to an Evergreen basket and an 8-7 deficit.
By the time the Vikings were done, that first steal turned into an avalanche of Bomber turnovers that keyed a 22-7 run, spurring Evergreen to a 42-37 victory on Tuesday in non-league boys basketball.
“After a poor outing at Wauseon Friday night, I was very pleased the way we came in tonight and was very focused,” said Viking coach Jerry Keifer. “We kind of challenged them and they accepted the challenge to play defense and they saw that if you play really good defense you’ll get a win. And that’s what we did and I hope we have turned the corner on that.”
David Nester’s triple and a Drew Gallehue bucket helped the Bombers take an 8-5 lead with under a minute left in the first.
That’s when Lumbrezer got the Vikings going with a steal and score.
Eli Keifer’s corner three-ball brought Evergreen even at 10-10 at the break, and Ethan Loeffler gave the Vikes the lead for good with a curl to the rim after a turnover with 6:46 left in the half.
Keifer canned his third triple of the half along with a pair of jumpers from inside the arc and Lumbrezer scored on yet another steal with 1.9 ticks left in the half for a 21-14 lead.
Evergreen allowed just four second quarter points while forcing seven Edon miscues with the rock.
Lumbrezer and RJ Shunck scored early in the second, and after a second Nester 3-pointer, Lumbrezer got three more hoops off a floater, an assist from Shunck and a steal that Tyson Woodring gave him the dish for a double-figure lead at 31-21.
Woodring’s steal and score off a Lumbrezer assist boosted the lead to 33-22 after the third.
Keifer and Lumbrezer each scored in the first two minutes of the fourth, giving the Vikings their biggest lead at 37-22.
“We passed the ball really well,” Keifer said of the team effort the Vikings had. “We defended well and got people some good looks and we shot the ball better and I’ll take it on a Tuesday night, playing that hard.”
Jack Berry keyed a Bomber burst with a pair of buckets to cut the margin to 37-32, but Lumbrezer and Loeffler hit 3-4 from the foul stripe and Brock Hudik did his best Tom Brady imitation, dropping a bomb to Lumbrezer for a layup with 13 seconds left to clinch.
Evergreen forced 17 Edon turnovers compared to just seven for the Vikings.
Lumbrezer’s 20 points and Keifer’s 15 led the way for Evergreen, now 7-8.
Edon (10-7) was led by Berry’s 11 and Gallehue’s 10.