It was a tough loss in a hard fought game for the Decorah boys basketball team on Thursday night as Waverly Shell-Rock proved to be tough competition. The Vikes had a slow start in the first quarter, but gained momentum in the second quarter and led going into halftime, 22-18 over the Go-Hawks.
The second half of the game displayed fierce competition by both teams. Several times the basketball game looked more like a wrestling match, as there were several jump balls, and many players wrestling on the court to keep possession of the ball.
At the end of the fourth quarter the game was tied 40-40. Overtime was a struggle to score for both teams and the final basket came after a missed shot by Waverly, as one of their players tipped the ball in as the buzzer went off. Waverly ended up with the win, 42-40.
"We had opportunities, we just couldn't capitalize at the right time. We did some great things tonight in the defensive end. It will only get better from this type of game. We believe in our guys. I look forward to the quest of improvement," commented head coach Jonathan Carlson.
Pat Bockman and Matt Franzen both scored 13 points in the game. Decorah is now 4-8 overall and 3-4 in the NEIC.
On Saturday the team will play Mabel Canton at home. The girls varsity will play at 5:00 p.m. and the boys varsity at 6:30 p.m.