Coach Chris Carlson said if the Northland boys had played a little better, they would have been celebrating three wins last week instead of just one.
The Eagles opened the week by beating Littlefork-Big Falls 62-54 Feb. 19, but Friday they fell 63-61 at Hill City and Saturday lost 77-68 to South Ridge.
“We didn’t play particularly well in all three games. Didn’t shoot the ball well in the two losses, but we were able to make some plays at the end of the game to get our only win,” the coach said.
Four Northland players finished in double figures in their home win, with Carson Johnson leading the way with 18 points. Alec Wake scored 15, Harris Carlson had 13 points and Kane Perkins scored 12 and led the team with 11 rebounds. Carlson also had seven boards, while Wake had four steals.
The Eagles only led 34-29 at the break but extended the lead to double digits. The Vikings managed to cut the lead to two when Carlson decided to put some pressure on them late.
Johnson’s fast-break layup off a steal gave the Eagles a four-point lead, and they added some free throws after that to get the win.
Matt Kennedy led the Vikings with 22 points and Cameron McRoberts added 10.
This week the 7-11 Eagles host Cherry and travel to Blackduck and Onamia. Next week they host Northome-Kelliher, and travel to Wrenshall and Fond du Lac to finish the regular season.
Hill City holds on
The Eagles erased a 13-point deficit over 3:30 and had a chance to win the game if their last-second shot had gone in.
Cameron Wake, who along with Perkins led the way with 15 points, pulled up for a contested three-point shot that missed the mark, and a few moments later Hill City was celebrating their 63-61 win.
As poorly as the Eagles shot from the field, the game was lost at the foul line as they made only 13-31 attempts.
Wake and Perkins also had 10 rebounds, while Alec Wake scored 11 points, and Carlson had eight points, pulled down nine rebounds and led with four steals.
Sophomore Seth St. Martin made five three-pointers to lead the Hornets with 18 points, while junior center John Gowell scored 15. Gowell was held in check in the second half, scoring only three points.
Rally falls short
For the second game in a row Northland fell into a big hole, and again nearly pulled themselves out before falling short and losing 77-68 at home to South Ridge.
Trailing by double digits most of the second half, the Eagles cut the lead to four points in the closing minute. But missed shots and made free throws by the Panthers allowed them to improve to 6-13.
Johnson finished with 22 points, Perkins scored 17, Cameron Wake tossed in 13 and Carlson added eight points. Johnson, Perkins and Wake also had seven rebounds, while Carlson led with five assists and three blocked shots.
Joey Janke led South Ridge with 21 points and Ben Wood tossed in 18.