Charlotte Catholic derails Vikings
by Jesse Campbell
By slowly building its lead, the Cougars lulled the Vikings into submission, and were never seriously challenged on their way to a 61-46 win.
Catholic out-rebounded and out-muscled the Vikings. Catholic genuinely controlled the entire tempo of the game from the opening tip.
When Catholic wanted to play transition basketball, Catholic did just that. When the Cougars wanted to slow the game’s pace, they did that, too.
The Cougars came out firing in the first quarter, swishing home its opening series of jump shots, including seven points from Matt Pollack alone.
Catholic’s first double-digit lead of the night came just before halftime after a put back by Ives Harkins. The Cougars picked up the momentum they had found in the second quarter and rode it throughout the third quarter on their way to 45-30 lead.
Avery County’s Ty Polsgrove and Chase Buchanan scored baskets to keep the Cougars’ lead from further mushrooming.
The fourth quarter was almost a repeat of the third. Pollack rattled off back-to-back baskets to increase the lead to 20 points, but a 3-pointer by Avery County’s Luke Watteell on the next possession kept the lead in check down the stretch.
Avery beat Ashe County 52-45 in the first round of the tournament. It was the second time in three games that the Vikings beat Ashe this season.