On a rare Monday night boys basketball matchup a packed St E’s Center watched No.1 undefeated St Elizabeth’s Vikings and a one loss Saint Mark’s Spartans face off. This is the first of two games for these two teams in less than two weeks as they will face off again on Feb. 2.
The Vikings came out hot right from the opening tip taking a quick 8-2 lead which forced the Spartans head coach Lonnie Wright to take a quick time out. The timeout worked as the Spartans were able to bring the score to within three points by the end of the first quarter as the Vikings led 15-12.
However the Spartans leading scorer and rebounder Alassan N’Diaye got three fouls in the first quarter which led to coach Wright having to pull him out of the game in the second quarter. The Vikings took full advantage of the Spartans with N’Diaye on the bench. They outscored the Spartans 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 34-19 lead into the half.
St Elizabeth’s kept their foot on their throttle in the third quarter as well. The Vikings scored 15 points in the quarter while holding Saint Marks to single digits which ballooned the lead to 22 points as they led 49-27 after three quarters.
The Spartans did go on a late run in the fourth quarter as N’Diaye scored 14 of his game high 20 points, but the lead was just too much for the Spartans to climb out of. The Vikings were able to hold off the late surge of the Spartans to remain undefeated (12-0) with a 63-48 Victory.
The Vikings were led by Julius Wright who scored 18 points while Aiden Tobiason added 14 with two coming off an amazing alley oop dunk on a pass from Wright (highlight below).
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