By William

HAVEN – The game came down to the free throw line and while the Smoky Valley boys struggled to make theirs, Haven made the ones they had count and gave the home team a final 41-34 win over the visiting Vikings on Friday.

Have held a slim, one-point, 10-9 lead at the end of the first quarter before the Vikings took the lead back and went into the halftime break with their own one-point, 19-18 advantage. Haven took back the lead by two by the end of the third quarter and then used free throws to keep the Vikings at a distance and score the final seven-point home win over Smoky Valley.

While Smoky Valley held a sizable 30-19 advantage on clearing the boards on rebounds, Haven connected on 15-21 free throws in the game compared to the Vikings only making 3-of-10 which proved to be the difference in the game as the Vikings had three more field goals than Haven did in the game.

Haven Lysell-Stewart led Smoky Valley as he recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both Jake Lucas and Jalen Elseth chipped in with six points while Lucas grabbed eight rebounds and Ryan Heline had a solid night directing the Viking offense by dishing out six assists.

Smoky Valley now drops to 6-11 on the season as they prep for the final week of the regular season schedule and their final game on Tuesday when they play host to Pratt.


SCORING:     Q1      Q2      Q3      Q4      FINAL

VIKINGS         9          10       8          7          34

Haven            10       8          11       12       41

Haven Team Stats: FG 11-28; 3PT 4-11; FT 15-21; AST 8; RBS 19; TO 10; STL 13; BLK 1; FLS 14.

SMOKY VALLEY VIKINGS TEAM STATS: FG 14-41; 3PT 3-19; FT 3-10; AST 11; RBS 30; TO 14; STL 5; BLK 0; FLS 14.


Scoring (34 total): Haven Lysell-Stewart – 13; Jake Lucas – 6; Jalen Elseth – 6; Brandt Heble – 4; Ryan Heline – 3; Kade Blanchat – 2.

3-Pointers Made (3 total): Elseth – 2; Heline – 1.

Assists (11 total): Heline – 6; Lucas – 2; Lysell-Stewart, Heble, Vincent Pickering – 1.

Rebounds (30 total): Lysell-Stewart – 10; Lucas – 8; Elseth – 3; Heble, Heline, Blanchat, Team – 2; Lukas Apel – 1.

Steals (5 total): Apel – 2; Lysell-Stewart, Lucas, Blanchat – 1.

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