GUERNSEY—With just six players on their roster, the Viking boys opened their 2018-2019 season with a fair showing against the Minatare Indians Saturday in the Viking gym.
Although Minatare walked away with a 61-47 win, the Vikes’ efforts were not lost on the crowd that came for opening night.
Head Coach Nate Reinhardt knows his players are going to have some big obstacles to overcome this season with such a limited number out for the team this season. In addition, the Vikes are starting just one senior and one junior, two sophomores and aa freshman so their experience will also factor into what’s bound to be a challenging season.
The Vikes were actually up 9-8 at the end of the first quarter but Minatare pulled ahead by halftime to a 30-22 lead. With just one player to sub in, keeping fresh legs will also be at a disadvantage.
Junior guard Alex Delgado led the Vikes with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five steals.
Sophomore Brock Hohnholt dropped in 14 points and had eight rebounds and three steals.
Sophomore Justin Malcom had eight points, a rebound and four steals.
Senior Austin Albrecht finished with two points, five rebounds and three steals.
Freshman Rawland Isabell hit one bucket and had one rebound.
The Vikes shot 14/41 from two-point range and five of 14 from beyond the arc. They cashed in four of 11 free-throw attempts and had 28 rebounds (10 offensive), 18 steals and committed 11 fouls and 22 turnovers.
Minatare got an outstanding performance from 5-8 junior Kaleb Gonzales who had 32 points, including four three-pointers and four of four from the free-throw line. He also had 10 rebounds and seven steals to lead the Indians.
Minatare hit 17 of 34 from two-point range and six of 11 from the arc. They made nine of 15 free-throw attempts and had 27 rebounds (six offensive), 11 steals and committed 13 fouls and 28 turnovers.
Up next for the Vikings is the Lingle-Fort Laramie tournament Friday and Saturday in Lingle. The boys will play St. Stephens at 1:30 p.m. and Encampment at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. They take on Midwest at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.