It has been a rocky road that the East Carbon Vikings have been traveling on this week as they competed against two Region 18 teams.
The week kicked off as the Vikes faced Altamont. The game was exciting as the East Carbon team played well. In fact, it was the first overtime game of the year for the Vikes who have struggled throughout most of the season.
"This was probably the best game we have played this year. Altamont is a decint team and we came out strong against them," explained East Carbon coach Jeff Cisneros.
The team from Carbon County played well as a squad. The game was a complete team effort as they trailed by only six points at the end of the first quarter of play.
The second quarter found the teams deadlocked as each squad scored 12 points in the quarter.
East Carbon entered the locker room trailing Altamont, 32-26. The Vikings knew that they were still alive in the ball game and that the second half would be the time that they would have to step up and play strong. Any minor mistake could easily cost them the ball game.
With this thought in mind, the Vikings came out shooting as they outscored Altamont, 16-8 in the third. They then trailed Altamont in scoring by only two points in the fourth which sent the game into overtime.
The excited East Carbon team was eager to kick off the final period of the game as overtime began. Both teams played well with the game on the line. The Vikes failed to defeat Altamont, but they only lost by four with the final score of 60-56.
"This was probably the best game we have played all year. We had each player compete well and score. We just need to continue to play like this throughout the rest of the year," explained Cisnersos.
Tony McFarland lead the team in scoring with 25 points and was followed by Austin Preston who completed the game with 12 points.
Josh Griffith scored eight points for East Carbon as Andy Farlaino posted five points, Jarred Kennedy with four and Shane Wood finished with two points.
The Vikings then moved on to compete against powerhouse Dugway. According to Cisneros, the game was disasterous for the East Carbon kids who had just completed a strong performance several nights earlier.
"We ran our offense very badly. The defensive effort was also pretty bad. We just seemed to struggle from the opening whistle," explained Cisneros.
The Mustangs walked away with the 72-33 victory over the Vikes. This win made Dugway the only undefeated team remaining in the entire state.
Once again, McFarland lead the team in scoring with 19 points and was followed by Preston who scored nine points.
"We will play Wendover at home this Friday and I feel that this is a game which we should win. They currently stand at 0-4 and I think that we can capitalize on this and score our first win of the season," concluded Cisneros.