Vikes celebrate seniors with “W”

By Becky Walz,

It’s a clear look at the hoop for Decorah senior Kaiden Quandahl as a pair of Waukon players hope for a missed shot rebound Friday night in NEIC action. (Photo courtesy of Sam Zoulek)

With a handful of games remaining before the postseason, the Decorah boys’ basketball team (16-2, 8-1 NEIC) picked up a win over Waukon Friday night, then dropped a heartbreaking game to Cascade in the final minutes Saturday in non-conference action.

Senior night
Recognizing the dedication to the program of its seniors Friday, the Vikings shone bright against Waukon (6-11, 4-5 NEIC) at home with an 87-38 victory.
Starting the game with a bang, Decorah led 31-18 after the first eight-minute segment and forged a 49-26 lead at the halftime break. Outscoring the Indians 22-9 in the third gave the Vikings more than enough cushion to win the game.
Sophomore Cael LaFrentz finished the night with a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds. Matthew Bockman put up 18 points to go with five rebounds and four assists, while Ben Bockman also finished in double figures with 13 points.

Scoring – Cael LaFrentz 23; Matthew Bockman 18; Ben Bockman 13; Trey McCain 9; Zachary Driscoll 7; Kaiden Quandahl 5; Louis Bucksa 5; Jackson Pipho 3; Andrew Rhods 2; Carter Dlhy 2
Rebounds – LaFrentz 10; Quandahl 9; Driscoll 6; M. Bockman 5; Rhodes 5; B. Bockman 5; McCain 3; Noah Milburn 2; Dlhy 1; Assists – McCain 10; M. Bockman 4; B. Bockman 4; Quandahl 3; Driscoll 3; Rhodes 1; Gavin Groux 1; Dlhy 1; Milburn 1; Steals – B. Bockman 2; Driscoll 2; Milburn 2; Quandahl 1; McCain 1; Blocks – LaFrentz 2; Driscoll 1; Milburn 1

Falling short
Leading for most of Saturday’s game, the Vikings’ less-than-average fourth quarter doomed them against Cascade (13-4) as Decorah suffered its second loss of the season, 60-57.
After the Vikes led 15-10 after the opening quarter, the game came down to a battle for control with the score knotted at 28-28 as the teams went to the locker room. Decorah won the third frame, carrying a four-point lead into the fourth but Cascade turned on the jets, outscoring the Vikes 18-11 in the final eight minutes.
Individual stats were unavailable at press time.

Nearly the end
Monday afternoon the Vikings played a non-conference game with Winterset at Wells Fargo Arena and will finish the NEIC portion of the season at Waverly-Shell Rock Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

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