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Vikings come up short in consolation game

By Christopher Tenpenny

A slow second quarter for the Midway boys’ basketball team was the difference in the consolation game Friday as the Vikings lost to Hume 55-45 in the Archie tournament.

The score was tied 14-14 after the first quarter, but the Vikings went 0-7 from the field in the second quarter and scored just four points. The Vikings found themselves down 26-18 at halftime.

“We didn’t run our offense well and didn’t get enough shots up in the second quarter,” Midway head coach Brett Burchett said. “I thought we came out and played really well in the first but then went cold.”

The Vikings were able to narrow the gap in the second half, but Hume put together a 20-point fourth quarter to ice the game. Payton Adams led the Vikings in scoring with 15 points and Will Dahman had 13 points. Adams also had five steals.

The 45 points comes just one day after a 61-point outburst against Warsaw Jan. 27. The Vikings shot 49% from the field as Adams scored 22 points and Damien Goddard had 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Burchett said he is hoping to find more consistency from his team as the Vikings have alternated wins and losses over its last six games.

“We’re still turning the ball over way too much,” Burchett said. “We need to clean that up along with some situational basketball. We also struggled from the free throw line this week and need to be better there.”

The Vikings are currently 9-10 as they enter the final month of the regular season. With some winnable games on the schedule, Burchett said there is still time to work on things and be where they want to be by the district tournament.

Next up for the Vikings, they will play Rich Hill tomorrow night at Midway with the varsity girls game starting at 5:30 p.m. and the boys to follow.

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