By William

HAVEN – A poor first half of offense put the Smoky Valley boys’ basketball team in a comeback mode the entire second half on Monday at Haven before they ended up losing to Haven 63-41 in the first round of Class 3A sub-state, ending their 2019-20 season.

WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE VIKINGS? The loss means the Smoky Valley Vikings finish the 2019-20 season with an overall record of just 6-14 and they will be losing four seniors who had very key roles in the season. The win for Haven, the number two seed of the substate, means they will move on to play number three seed Lyons who defeated Council Grove on Monday 68-43.

THE GAME – Haven pounced on the Vikings early and held them to just four points in the first quarter while pouring in 22 themselves to give them a whopping 18-point lead early. In the second quarter Smoky Valley struggled again to get points giving Haven a very commanding 26-point, 37-11 advantage at the halftime break.

While the Vikings came out and outscored Haven 19-14 in the third quarter and only trailed them by one, 12-11 in points for the final eight minutes of play it was all too late as Haven finished off their 22-point win.

THE VIKING TEAM – While eight Vikings put points by their name in the scorebook, none finished in double figures with Cade Schneider leading the way with nine points while Trey Kennedy and Bruster Bengtson were the only other players with more than four as they each chipped in with six. Schneider connected for three three-pointers while Kennedy, Karsen Pihl and Ryan Heble each made one.  Schneider, Kennedy, Bengtson and Matt Lucas were the seniors closing out their Viking careers.


SCORING:                    1          2          3          4          FINAL

VIKINGS                       4          7          19        11        = 41

Haven                          22        15        14        12        = 63

SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS INDIVIDUAL SCORING (41 total points): Cade Schneider – 9; Trey Kennedy – 6; Bruster Bengtson – 6; Brandt Heble – 4; Karsen Pihl – 3; Ryan Heline – 3; Haven Lysell-Stewart – 2; J. Osoki – 2.

Three-Pointers Made (6): Cade Schneider – 3; Ryan Heline, Karsen Pihl, Trey Kennedy – 1.

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