CHAMPIONS! Decorah Viking boys basketball team earns the NEIC title

Posted: Sat, Feb 15, 2020 10:06 AM
Let the celebration begin! (Photos by's Clara Knudson)

The last time the Decorah Viking boys basketball team won a Northeast Iowa Conference championship, Google had not yet been formed, Microsoft had not yet released Windows '98 and Britney Spears ruled the pop airwaves.

Friday night, the 2020 Decorah Viking boys basketball team said, "Hit me baby one more time," winning first place in the NEIC for the first time since 1998 by defeating Charles City, 58-55.

The game was close and hard-fought from start to finish.  Decorah ran out to several four-point leads in the first quarter, but a late Comet surge gave Charles City a 14-13 lead at the end of the first frame.  The Vikings retook the lead early in the second quarter, but never by more than three points and a late Charles City basket left the two teams tied, 25-25, at halftime.

The third quarter was more of the same, as any Decorah lead was quickly countered by Charles City.  But midway through the fourth quarter, the Vikings took a six-point lead and Charles City played catch up the rest of the game--coming close to tying at several points, but never catching the Vikings.  A late basket and a made foul shot by Joseph Bockman sealed the victory and gave Decorah a 10-2 NEIC record and the championship.

Decorah sank 17 of 22 foul shots, while Charles City missed 10 of 24 foul shots.  The two teams tied in making three-point baskets.

Bockman was the leading scorer for the game with 19 points.  He got help from six other Vikings in what truly was a team victory.

Decorah will now play a non-conference game at home on Tuesday against Prairie Du Chien.  The Vikings will begin postseason competition Monday, February 24th, taking on Vinton-Shellsburg in a game at 6:30 p.m. at Center Point-Urbana.  The winner of that game will face the winner of February 24th's second game, which features Center Point-Urbana and Independence.

Joseph Bockman makes a clutch free throw late in the game (Click on photos for lagrer images)
Logan Halverson had 8 points
Charlie Robinson had 5 points
Joseph Bockman led the Vikings with 19 points