Was it the 15 turnovers committed by the Evergreen Vikings, many of those that cost them layups?
Or was it the fact that Archbold committed just one that keyed a victory Friday night?
The answer is that it was a combination of both, leading to Archbold’s 51-38 win over the Vikings that secured a second place finish in the NWOAL boys basketball standings for the Blue Streaks, just ahead of Evergreen.
Three straight Viking turnovers led to baskets by Bryce Williams, Austin Wiemken and a Jeron Williams triple as Archbold took a 7-2 lead.
That lead doubled as Rigo Ramos hit a triple and got inside for another to make it 14-4.
Evergreen sliced into the Blue Streak advantage as Mason Loeffler scored a putback and Josh Dowling found Nate Brighton with a lob to make it 14-8.
Again with the Blue Streaks lead doubled at 16-8, the Vikes used back-to-back drives from Dowling, and after Ramos hit another three-ball, Bryce Hudik scored on a drive and spin under the rim to get Evergreen within 19-16.
However, two straight passes that missed wide open Vikings underneath and four straight uncharacteristic misses at the foul line by Hudik and Dowling put a screeching halt to the rally.
Jeron Williams’ pull up jumper and long range bomb helped Archbold extend the lead back out to 27-18 at the break.
Eli Miller hit a pull up and a three-pointer, and Bryce Williams added a pair of hoops as Archbold opened up an 11-point lead, 38-27.
Dowling got Evergreen as close as eight with a three-point play before Archbold again padded their lead toward the finish.
Bryce Williams’ 16 points led Archbold who finished the regular season at 18-3. Wiemken added 10 points.
Brighton led Evergreen with 12 while Chandler Lumbrezer chipped in with 11.
The Vikings close the season at 12-10.
Reach Joe Blystone at firstname.lastname@example.org
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