BOUNTIFUL – The Viewmont Vikings boys’ basketball team had a close first eight minutes of action against the Fremont Silver Wolves Tuesday night at Viewmont High School.
However; after that, the Vikings dominated the game.
Thanks to a 17-2 run to start the second quarter, the Vikings built a 44-18 halftime lead that eventually led to a 72-41 rout over Fremont.
“We had a better, more consistent effort tonight on the glass,” said Vikings coach Jeff Emery. “That’s what we talked about tonight: playing better on the boards than we were last week against Weber, and playing better defensively.”
The Vikings and Silver Wolves played at a steady pace in the first quarter, and Viewmont held the lead at 12-10 thanks to a last-minute bucket by Porter May.
In the second quarter; however, the Vikings exploded for 32 points by running up and down the floor at will and out-rebounding Fremont as planned. Many of Viewmont’s points also came in transition, either by steal or by quickly switching from defense to offense after a missed Fremont shot.
The transition offense proved too much for the Silver Wolves, who scored only eight points and found themselves down by 26 points at the half.
“So many of those (points) were easy baskets where we had open shots or a turnover that quickly turned into a score,” said Emery. “When you can get eight minutes of that kind of basketball, it just makes everything seem easy.”
Viewmont retained its double-digit through the remainder of the game, scoring 14 points in the third and fourth quarters.
“Our challenge in the second half was to go out and get better and win the entire half,” said Emery. “We did that; not by much, but we did, and I thought it was important for our focus and kept playing.”
The Vikings have now won four straight games and six of their first seven in region play.
McKay Johnson and McKay Butler each finished with 14 points for Viewmont and Austin Johnson had a double-double, scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds in the win.The Vikings will face Northridge at home Friday night at 7 p.m.