Big Mo: Decorah wipes out Waukon 82-40 to extend current winning streak to five

Posted: Tue, Feb 11, 2020 5:41 PM
Decorah's Logan Halverson goes up for a layup in the third quarter of Tuesday nights victory over Waukon (photos and story by Decorahnews.com's own Dirk Umbanhowar)

The Decorah Vikings boys basketball team came into Tuesday's game against Waukon fresh off of a 100 point performance in a 102-67 win over Mabel-Canton. While the Vikings didn't hit the century mark on Tuesday, the dominant offensive performance continued with five Vikings in double figures in an all around dominating 82-40 victory over the Waukon Indians at Decorah High School.

While Waukon's Brennan Sweeney had the first points of the game, the first quarter was dominated by Decorah and set the tone for the rest of the contest. The Vikings used a 17-0 run to end the quarter to take the lead and then some to go up 20-5 over Waukon after one. Decorah's Patrick Bockman led the first quarter run with 8 points in the frame, including a breakaway bucket off a good defensive play by Andrew Magner. The quarter had a thrilling end as well, with Decorah's sophomore guard Joseph Bockman grabbing a long offensive rebound and turning around to hit a buzzer beating 2-point jump shot to give Decorah more momentum going into the second quarter.

The second quarter was also a dominant one for Decorah, but this time led by Logan Halverson. Halverson finished the quarter with 11 points to lead the Vikings to a 42-13 lead at the half. Halverson led a late spurt for Decorah after a slow start of the second period, scoring five of Decorah's seven points in a two minute stretch. Joseph Bockman's runner making the score 42-13 would be the last points before halftime.

The third quarter was another all-around solid offensive output from the Vikings. Andrew Magner got the scoring going, fighting through contact for a layup on Decorah's first possession of the second half. Joseph Bockman led the charge in the quarter, scoring an athletic driving layup and showing off great vision with a wonderful no look pass to set up a three pointer for his brother Patrick Bockman to make the score 59-25 in favor of Decorah with 2:34 left in the 3rd. The 3rd quarter was also defined by good Vikings defense, as Decorah took a number of charges both in the quarter and the game overall. Waukon however would get some offensive momentum for the first time all game, led by senior center Asher Fahey who had four points in the frame. The Vikings Charles Robinson would add a couple of three pointers in the quarter for Decorah, and the score would be 62-28 in favor of Decorah heading into the fourth.

While the fourth quarter was mostly a slow jog to the finish line for both teams, Decorah's Matthew Franzen did the most to get the crowd excited. Franzen had a nifty fake pass to open himself up for a three point shot, followed on the next possession by a steal and half court pass to a streaking Keaton Solberg for a layup. Franzen would add two more three pointers in the quarter to extend the lead for Decorah. The Vikings and Indians benches both saw about three and a half minutes of action, which included a three pointer in the final minute by senior guard Braden Elton that brought the Vikings bench to their feet to end an all around terrific team performance.

Franzen and Robinson led the Vikings with 14, with Halverson (13), Joseph Bockman (11), and Keaton Solberg (10) the other Viking in double figures. The Indians were led in scoring by junior guard Ethan O'Neil with 9, followed by junior guard Creed Welch with 7 points in the contest.

With the win, Decorah improves to 15-4 on the year and 9-2 in NEIC play. For Waukon, the loss drops them to 12-8 on the year overall, and 4-7 in NEIC conference play.

The Vikings' next game will be on Friday, as Decorah hosts Charles City to take on the Comets in a game which will decide the conference title. The game is scheduled for tip off at around 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Decorah.

Decorah's Braden Elton rises for a three point attempt during the 2nd quarter
Andrew Magner lines up a free throw attempt
Decorah's Keaton Solberg hangs in the air on a shot attempt. The shot would fall, and he would draw contact to go to the line where he could complete a three point play
Matthew Frazen looks for an open teammate during the third quarter of Tuesday's action