2011-03-13 / Sports

Tribes’ district dream dashed

Vikings prevail over Chesaning, 55-45


HARD FOUL -- Chesaning’s Leo Devota (21) gets fouled by a Viking player on his way to the basket in Friday night’s Class B district finals at Corunna. The Indians fell to the Vikings 55-45. Devota led the Tribe with 14 points. Looking on is teammate Kyle Sweeney (33). (TCC Photo by Hillary Grigonis) HARD FOUL -- Chesaning’s Leo Devota (21) gets fouled by a Viking player on his way to the basket in Friday night’s Class B district finals at Corunna. The Indians fell to the Vikings 55-45. Devota led the Tribe with 14 points. Looking on is teammate Kyle Sweeney (33). (TCC Photo by Hillary Grigonis) CORUNNA – On paper Friday night’s Class B district final at Corunna looked like a mismatch. After all, Swan Valley was the clear favorite to win the district, coming in with a 19-1 record. Chesaning (6-14) limped into the post-season on an eight game losing streak, and had already lost to the Vikings twice during league play.

But that’s what makes tournament time special. The varsity Indians got on a hot streak in the districts and found themselves in the district finals against the Vikings. And while Swan Valley might have come away with a 55-45 win and a district championship, the Tribe served notice that they weren’t going to be anybody’s patsy.

“It was a close game all the way,” said Chesaning coach Jason Danek. “We had a couple of chances early, and we had a couple of chances late. We had a three go in and out late, and we had a lay-up go in and out. We were right there.”

Swan Valley opened with a 12-7 edge in the first quarter, and posted a slim 12-10 edge in the second for a 24-17 lead at the half. The Vikings owned a 17-13 advantage in the third. The Tribe made a run with a 15-14 edge in the fourth frame.

“We had a game plan,” Danek said, “And the players did a great job of knowing when to be patient and knowing when to attack. Coaches talk about a team leaving it all out there. Well we did that tonight.”

Danek added, “This was an exciting district final and we almost came through. It was a fun atmosphere to be a part of.”

Chesaning finished the night shooting 19 of 48 from the floor and a perfect 3-3 from the line. A key stat that kept the Indians in the game was just six turnovers, with none in the second half.

Leo Devota led the Tribe with 14 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in his final game. Josh Sincissen added 12 points with eight rebounds.

“Leo and Josh played really well tonight,” Danek praised. “It’s a good way for a our seniors to go out.”

Josh Kunik chipped in seven points while Kyle Kamrad added five points. Kyle Sweeney had five rebounds and four boards. The game marked the first district finals appearance for the Tribe since 1998.

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