The game had it all-lead changes back and forth, runs of points by both teams after falling behind and a last second shot missing the mark and giving the Vikings the win.
The Dawgs were credited with the first points on the board as Orin Stipe found the basket at the 6 minute, 24 second mark. Vale hit the team’s first point ten seconds later off a basket and free throw from Tanner Steele. The two teams tied at 5 points each before the Bulldogs pulled away and led at the end of the first quarter, 12-8.
The lead for Nyssa went to 7 points in the second off a basket and free throw by Stipe. The Vikings then started the comeback using a 3-pointer by Brayden Gregory and a basket by Diesel Johnson. Johnson’s basket at the 4-minute mark put Vale back on top, 17-16.
The Bulldogs retook the lead off a basket by Zach Kausler and with a 3-point basket by Nico Gomeza with five seconds left in the half, the Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 25-19 margin.
Early in the third quarter, Nyssa led by their largest margin, 10 points. Midway in the third, Vale started to cut into the lead off a three by Gregory capped off with two baskets by Johnson. Johnson’s third basket in a row gave the lead back to the Vikings, 37-35. At the end of three, the Vikings held the slimmest of leads, 39-38.
In the final eight minutes of play, the two teams showed identical scores three times early in the quarter. Stipe gave the Bulldogs the lead, 45-43 at the 2:37 point in the game before the two teams again stood tied at 45.
It was Johnson again giving the Vikings the lead, this time for the final time with 1:35 left in the game. His long range 3-point basket gave Vale the lead, 48-45. With 31 seconds left in the game, a long three by Nyssa missed the mark with Vale grabbing the rebound and picking up a foul. Brooks Haueter hit one of two free throws. With three seconds left in the game, the Bulldogs were called for traveling, icing the game for the Viks.
Gomeza had 20 points to lead Nyssa and all scorers in the game. Stipe ended the game with 13 points.
For the Vikings, Johnson had 15 points followed by 14 points by Steele. Gregory ended the game with 11 points.