Viking boys drop games to tough foes

The Williams High School boys basketball team made it through a tough back-to-back-to-back stretch last week as the season drew closer to a conclusion.

The Vikings began the stretch with a 93-66 setback to always-tough Sedona Red Rock.

The Scorpions had problems with WHS early and didn’t really begin to take control until the second quarter.

“I thought we played well against them,” Williams coach Dave Green said. “Basically, it was our best game this week. But Sedona showed no weaknesses.”

The Scorpions scored three seconds into the game after controlling the tip-off and then added another hoop 15 seconds later for a quick start out of the gate.

Williams came right back and scored on hoops by Tell Eckel and Mark Fraser to tie the game. The two teams traded points, the Vikings scoring on free throws by Eckel and another Fraser basket.

Steffen Eikenberry scored at the 4:47 mark to cut the then-Sedona lead to 12-10. But the Scorpions went on a 10-0 run to seemingly take control.

Williams countered and played Sedona evenly until midway through the second quarter. The Scorpions began to pull away although the Vikings showed positive signs for the future with good play by young athletes.

Curtis Bardsley had a good game for WHS with 18 points on nine baskets. Eikenberry ended up with 14 points, Eckel had 13 and Fraser finished with 10.

The following day, Williams headed to Mayer for a makeup game. The Wildcats controlled this one from the start and cruised to a 59-33 win.

“We didn’t do much offensively,” Green said. “We got into foul trouble.”

Eikenberry led Williams scorers with 10 points.

The Vikes then played their season finale Thursday against Northland Prep out of Flagstaff. After a slow start which saw Williams trail 10-8 after the first quarter, the Vikings came alive to take a 66-37 win.

“We poured it on in the second half,” Green said. “Richard Toth played really well in that one.”

Toth led with 16 points and Fraser added 15.

Williams (3-8, 7-19) ended the season Tuesday at Orme in a game played after deadline. The Vikes did not qualify for the region tourney.

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