Anthony Basargin took a double-double and closed the game with a string of three pointers.

by: CORY MIMMS - Anthony Basargin took 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 steals.Opening league play, the Colton Vikings beat the Gervais Cougars 62-37 on Tuesday. The Cougars have seven players on their team who are over 6-feet tall, including one player, Kylor Kelley, who is 6 foot 8 inches. Looking at the court pregame, one couldn’t help but think it would be a tough game for Colton. The Vikings would have to rely on speed and precision from the three-point line to out match Gervais’s height in the paint.

That’s just what the Vikings did.

Gervais got the tipoff, but the Vikings stole the ball right away. They didn’t convert the steal into points though. In fact, the Vikings had trouble sinking shots in the first minutes of play.

Gervais got the first points on the board, as Kelley dropped the ball in for two.

Sophomore Kyver Raasch collected Colton’s first point from the foul line. Senior Drexler Hall followed it up with a two-point basket, nabbing the lead for the Vikings CORY MIMMS - The Vikings break down court, leading the way is Drexler hall (right).

Senior Rhedyn Stanczyk landed a three pointer minutes later. Hall picked up a point on the foul line, and Raasch put two more points on the board, fighting Gervais’s height on the inside.

The first quarter overall was low scoring for both teams, but the Vikings ended it with a 9-6 lead.

“[We] came out a little slow, but as the game progressed we set the tempo and got out running,” Coach Brandon Kishpaugh said.

Stanczyk opened the second quarter with a three-point basket, and Anthony Basargin followed it with another.

A minute later, Harper James and Stanczyk added four more points to the board, giving the Vikings a 14-point cushion.

Freshman Cameron Davis came off the bench and hit a two-point basket. He finished the quarter with a fast steal and challenged Gervais in the paint.

The half closed 27-15, giving the Vikings breathing room in the second half. by: CORY MIMMS - Cameron Davis shoots for three.

However, Gervais jumped back into the game in the third. They opened with a three pointer, which Stanczyk responded to with a two pointer. The Cougars slugged right back though with a string of calculated plays that closed the Vikings lead to 31-24.

Then Basargin passed way down court to Stanczyk, who was ahead of the Cougars and ready for the layup. Seconds later, Basargin dropped a three-point basket, and the Vikings were back up to more than a ten-point lead.

The Vikings finished the quarter strong, building their lead up in further with Raasch nailing a two pointer and James a three pointer.

Going into the fourth quarter 41-26, the Vikings were in a good place. Though Basargin wasn’t the only Viking to score in the fourth, he definitely stole the show.

He landed a three pointer in the first seconds of the quarter and followed it with two points from inside. He then dropped in two more three-point baskets while Gervais was only able to put two points on the board. Before rotating out, Basargin stole the ball and drove down court for the layup, which put the score at 54-31. He closed the game with a double-double, 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Building off Basargin’s energy, Davis came in and landed two points, and sophomore Malik Knott nabbed the final points for the Vikings.

“We had good balanced scoring and played solid defense,” Kishpaugh said. “This was our most complete game of the season, and our most successful in terms of dictating the style of play. We are at our best when attacking and getting the pace up tempo. [The Cougars] had good size inside, but we did a decent job of making them work for their touches and did a good job of contesting when they did get the ball inside. We need to do a better job of keeping the ball out of the middle of the zone, and of keeping teams off the free throw line, which has plagued us all season. It was great for us to get a win to start league [play] after losing four straight coming into this game. Our goal is to finish league earning a home playoff game, and this win is a good start. The boys have been working hard and despite dropping a few games in pre-season our goals and high expectations remain the same.”

Colton stats

Anthony Basargin: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals

Rhedyn Stanczyk: 16 points, 2 assists

Kyver Raasch: 7 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal

Harper James: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Cameron Davis: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Malik Knott: 4 points

Drexler Hall: 3 points

Luke Rasor: 2 points

Dane Norton: 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Kevin Flores: 3 rebounds

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