By William

STERLING – The Smoky Valley boys basketball team put together one of their best games of the season on Friday and defeated Kingman 60-49 to finish seventh in the Sterling Boys Basketball Invitational.

Taking an early five-point lead by the end of the first quarter, the Vikings still held a lead of seven at 26-19 going into the halftime break.

Coming out in the final half of basketball, Smoky Valley pushed their advantage out to 10 by the end of the third quarter before bringing it home with the final 11-point victory at the end of the game.

Solid shooting at the free throw line helped secure the win as the Vikings connected on 13-17 from the charity stripe while also dominating in the paint and out rebounding Kingman 29-19.

Haven Lysell-Stewart continued his offensive prowess of late by leading the team in scoring with 18 points while also showing quick hands while on defense and stealing seven Kingman passes.

Joining Lysell-Stewart in double digits in the scorebook were Brandt Heble and Kade Blanchat with 17 and 11 points, respectively.

It was a true team effort in the paint as the team had nine Vikings record at least one rebound, including five with at least four rebounds, all led by Brandt Heble and Kade Blanchat with four grabs each. Same held true on offense as eight Vikings recorded an assist in the game led by Ryan Heline with three.

Now 3-6 for the season, the Vikings now prep to host Hutchinson Trinity on Tuesday, January 26.


SCORING:     1          2          3          4          FINAL

VIKINGS         13       13       18       16       60

Kingman        8          11       15       15       49

TEAM STATS:           VIKINGS         Kingman

FGM-FGA                  23-50             17-40

3PTM-3PTA              1-8                  4-18

FTM-FTA                   13-17             11-20

ASSISTS                     12                   10

REBOUNDS               29                   19

TURNOVERS             19                   20

STEALS                       14                   12      

BLOCKED SHOTS     0                      1

PERSONAL FOULS  20                   19


Haven Lysell-Stewart = 18 points with 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 7 steals.

Brandt Heble = 17 points with 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 5 steals.

Kade Blanchat = 11 points with 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal.

Ryan Heline = 5 points with 1 3-pointer, 3 assists, 1 rebound.

Jake Lucas = 4 points with 4 rebounds.

Trayton Miller = 3 points with 1 assist, 1 rebound.

Jalen Elseth = 2 points with 1 assist, 3 rebounds.

Lukas Apel = 1 assist.

Ty Miller = 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal.

Vincent Pickering = 1 rebound.

{Smoky Valley Activity Postings are SPONSORED by CrossDove Creations}

{Follow us at}