By Brandon Enroth
The Gibraltar Vikings defeated the visiting Kewaunee Storm on Tuesday night by a final of 53-45. The Vikings were able to come back and overcome a seven-point halftime deficit to win their first in-conference game of the season moving to (2-0) overall. Kewaunee moves to (0-1) on the season as this was their opening contest of the season with plenty of games left down the stretch to play.
Kewaunee was able to come out to a hot start with a 17-8 lead barely six minutes into the contest. Then Gibraltar added a full-court trap press which forced the Kewaunee guards Mitchell Kudik, and Wes Gallenberger to make fast decisions with the basketball, some resulting in fast breaks while many resulted in errant passes leading to a transition fast break for Gibraltar off the turnover.
Jacob Basten was the all around best player for the Storm. He was a force in the paint during the first half racking up 10 points against opposing center Tyler Kroupenske however, he would become less of a factor in the second half due to foul trouble. Kroupenske talked about his game plan matching up with Basten.
Nathan Surges led the way for the Gibraltar Vikings offensively accumulating a season high 18 points. The shifty guard made many excellent plays with his passing and quick release of a shot to lead the comeback which started early in the second half. Gibraltar was able to utilize many turnovers down the stretch and create points off of turnovers. Surges talked about the play of his team coming into the game.
Free throws also played a crucial factor within the last 4 minutes or so of the second half. Both teams entered the bonus and Gibraltar was able to capitalize on free points from the free throw line that in the end proved the difference in their 53-45 victory.
Gibraltar plays next on the road at Omro on Friday at 7:15 pm. Kewaunee looks to rebound quickly on Thursday against Two Rivers at 7:30 pm.