The Victor Pirates finished in third place at the District 13C tournament in Frenchtown over the weekend. The Pirates, who defeated second place Lincoln last weekend, couldn’t get past the Lynx in the semi final game on Thursday and fell, 61-58.
The Pirates got off to a slow start and were down 11 points in the first quarter. Matt Kittel and Kyle Ball sparked a seven point run to get the Pirates going but Lincoln also had another spurt and led by six points at the end of the first quarter. It was more of the same in the second quarter; Victor made a run and pulled within a point before Lincoln went on another spree.
The Pirates didn’t falter and continued to make runs at the Lynx throughout the second half but just couldn’t overcome the Lincoln team. Ball finished with 32 points including four treys. Kittel had 18 points and also had four treys.
Lincoln 61, Victor 58.
Lincoln – Rhett Jorgensen 3, Josh Erickson 5, Ward Roberson 12, Harley Schau 12, Zane Tams 14, Kenny Winterrowd 15.
Victor – Kyle Ball 32, Corey Deering 8, Mat Kittell18.
Victor opened against Alberton and garnered their first win of the tournament. The Pirates won, 44-36. Ball finished with 23 points.
Victor 44, Alberton 36
Alberton – Todd Myrstol 3, Jack Lehl 4, Jake Thompson 16, Brandon Lehl 2, Dayton Hudson 10, Andrew Lommen, 1.
Victor – Derrick Cavill 3, Kyle Ball 23, Corey Deering 7, Matt Kittel 6, Randy Miller 5.
After losing to Lincoln in the semi finals, Victor had to play Valley Christian in loser out action Friday morning. The Pirates came out strongly and built a lead and then held on to win, 67-58. The Pirates shot well from beyond the arc with Ball hitting five treys, Kittle two three pointers and Kurt Manely one. Ball finished with 30 points and 7 of 8 from the free throw line.
Victor 67, Valley Christian 58.
Valley Christian – Lane Norberg 13, Tyler Moulding 11, Alex Love 18, Adam Richards 4, Dylan Dybdal 4, Chris Love 3, Matthew Burks 5.
Victor – Ball 30, Corey Deering 11, Matt Kittel 12, Randy Miller 2, Kurt Manely 6, Nate Bishop 2, Tanner Sacks 2, Chris Morozumi 2.
The win for the Pirates put them in the consolation game where they once again met up with Alberton. The Panthers came out on fire and had a four-point lead at the end of the first quarter. Victor rallied and tied them at the half and then went on to win, 48-36. Kittel had five three point baskets in the game.
Victor 48, Alberton 36
Alberton – Myrstol 5, Lehi 3, Thompson 13, B. Lehi 9, Hudson 6.
Victor – Manely 1, Ball 19, Deering 5, Kittel 16, Tanner Sacks 1, Bishop 6.
Darby opened up against Valley Christian and came away with a 49-45 point win. The Tigers built a lead in the first half and then held on for the win. Devin Thomas controlled the paint and dropped in 16 points.
Darby 49, Valley Christian 45
Valley Christian – Lane Norberg 11, Dylan Dybdal 2, Tyler Moulding 6, Alex Love 10, Adam Richards 7, Mathew Burks 9.
Darby – Ryan McCrossin 8, Garrett McCormack 5, Jeremy Campbell 9, Dylan Leidner 5, Devin Thomas 16, Joe Caicedo 2, Dylan Knox 2.
The win moved Darby into the semi finals where they went up against the No.1 ranked Drummond Trojans. Drummond quickly controlled the tempo of the game and went on to win, 55-40. Thomas had 16 points for the Tigers.
Drummond 55, Darby 40
Darby – Garrett McCormack 2, Jeremy Campbell 4, Dylan Leidner 10, Devin Thomas 16, Joe Caicedo 4, Dylan Knox 2, Storm Wanstrath 2
Drummond – Ben Lyons 7, Joe Mannix 6, Darius Pool 13, Danny Mannix 6, Mac Bignell 20, Aaron Kroll 3.
With the loss, Darby moved to loser out action where they met up with Alberton. The game was close for three quarters before Alberton pulled ahead for the 47-39 victory. Jeremy Campbell had eight points to lead the Tigers.