Vikings tame Savage Heat for conference victory
CHARLO — The Vikings used a tough man-to-man defense to silence the Savage Heat and pick up a 44-38 District 14-C victory.
With Chico Stipe and Chance Rosenbaum matching up one-on-one with Reiley Winebrenner, the Vikings were able to hold Hot Spirngs' leading scorer to only 15 points, seven of which came at the free-throw line.
The win boosted the Vikings' record to 3-3 and came on the heels of a hard-to-swallow conference loss to Noxon. Charlo coach Mike Brown said after the loss to the Red Devils and with the Vikings – 2-1 in conference play – facing the Warriors right out of the gate after the break, the win couldn't have came at a better time.
"It will keep the boys' heads up with the break coming up and just let them focus on Arlee," Brown said.
After playing the first quarter in a box-and-one defense, Brown realized that Stipe was athletic enough to keep up with Winebrenner and switched to man-to-man defense. Stipe, with Rosenbaum relieving him for short stints, was able to stay with Winebrenner and make him earn every point.
"I think we wore him (Winebrenner) down a little bit. Both of them did a solid job on defense, which isn't an easy thing to do; he's all over the court," Brown said.
After starting the second quarter trailing 11-9, with their in-your-face defense the Vikings were able to hold the Savage Heat to only six points in the second quarter and went into halftime leading 23-17.
"We buckled down and kept to our defensive plan and from there on kind of controlled the game," Brown said of the second quarter.
Senior Chance Frame led the Vikings' balanced attack. Frame, who was inserted in the starting lineup when Chance Firestone went down with a sprained ankle in the first weekend of the season, finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds, nine of which came off the offensive glass. Brown said that Frame is putting a lot of pressure on him to keep him on the starting lineup when Firestone comes back.
"That's a solid double-double. It's hard to take that out of the lineup," Brown said.
Houston Blevins also had a double-double for the Vikings, finishing with 10 points and pulling down 10 of the Vikings' 42 rebounds in the game.
Dillon Delaney, a shooting guard who was thrust in the point-guard position with Firestone's injury, finished with 11 points.
"Dillon's starting to understand his role. He's learning how to control the flow of the game and still get his shot," Brown said of Delaney, who was coming off a 13-point performance against Noxon.
Rosenbaum finished with nine points and 10 boards. Stipe pitched in six points to go along with his seven assists and five steals.
The Vikings will host Arlee Jan. 7.
Charlo 46, Hot Springs 38
HOT SPRINGS - Trevor Bras 3, Zack Malinak 9, Reiley Winebrenner 15, Cody Hoff 9, Michael Brooks 2.
CHARLO - Dillon Delaney 11, Chico Stipe 6, Chance Rosenbaum 9, Houston Blevins 10, Chance Frame 14.