Losing streak ends with win over Hibbing

Jon Blomquist, pictured in an earlier game, scored a career high 18 points against Cloquet Feb. 9.

Jon Blomquist, pictured in an earlier game, scored a career high 18 points against Cloquet Feb. 9.

With an 11-game losing streak hanging over their heads, the Vikings broke through with a 69-59 victory over visiting Hibbing in boys basketball last Saturday.

“We played a more up-tempo style today knowing that Hibbing did not have a very deep bench and typically did not play a lot of guys,” coach David Anderson explained. “This change seemed to help our guys play more freely and led to some easy transition buckets off of rebounds and turnovers.

Anderson continued, “We had a really balanced scoring attack with six players scoring seven or more points. That is something we have not had this year very often and really helped to take the scoring load off of Travis Van Elsberg. Our guys played hard the entire game, and we got contributions from everyone who stepped on the floor. It was a team win, and it was very nice for our guys to close out a game after so many close ones this season. Hopefully we can build on this and let it roll over into our next few games.”

On Feb. 5, the Vikings lost 58-50 in a road game to Totino-Grace before falling 58-49 in a home match-up to Chisago Lakes on Feb. 8. The team ended the week losing  81-42 to host Cloquet, followed by a 63-48 loss on their home court to Fridley last Friday.

The North Branch boys basketball team is 11th in the North Suburban Conference with a 1-10 record. At 2-18 overall, the Vikings will host Princeton (5-17) at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, before heading out on the road to face Robbinsdale Cooper (17-5) at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The team will then host St. Francis (13-9) at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

up arrow