PLEASANT GROVE — The Viking's tenacious defense outlasted Timpanogos' weakening offense that led to Pleasant Grove's 72-56 win.
The Vikings' "D" kicked in, and with better shot selection, the lead traded places three times and finally settled in Pleasant Grove's favor to end the first period with an 18-13 lead.
At the half, the Timberwolves had drawn a bit closer with the Vikings still in front with a 36-33 lead. Timpanogos senior guard Matt Norman scored 22 of the Timberwolves' 33 points. That was discussed at the half during the Vikings' halftime break. "At the half, we put a little fire into our boys, which improved their efforts," assistant coach Derek Scoville said. Viking head coach Randy McAllister added, "Good defense leads to better offense." During the second half, Norman scored five additional points, ending with a floor high of 27 points, but he was not as effective as in the opening of the game.
Pleasant Grove took over the game during the second half, outscoring the Timberwolves 36-23, ending with a 72-56 win. Norman had the game high for points, with Christensen and junior guard Trey Anderson adding nine points each.Comment on this story
The Vikings had four players scoring in double figures, with junior guard Kael Mikkelsen leading the way with 15 points, senior guard Casey Brown with 14 points, senior guard Tyler Fairbanks with 12 points and senior center Matt VanKomen scoring 11 points.
Another highlight of the game came toward the end of the final quarter when Van Komen scored the 1,000th point of his career.
This is the last nonregion game for the Vikings. They will begin region competition on Friday, Jan. 18, at home playing the Westlake Thunder.