Ohio’s top team had many inside Northland’s gymnasium shaking their heads after the host Vikings went into halftime leading by only seven over lowly Hilliard Bradley (1-22, 0-13). Northland would rebound in the second half, fueled by a flurry of high power slams from Derek McKeithen in a 71-39 victory in the first round of tournament play.
After being held to 26 points in the first half, Northland picked up the tempo in the last 16 minutes, outscoring Bradley 45-20. The Vikings showcased a very balanced scoring attack, as seven players scored at least seven points, including McKeithen and Ty Hairston leading the team with 12 each.
For Bradley, Nick Ingstrum had the hot hand on offense, leading all players with 16 points, including five triples from behind the arc. Although Bradley hit nine three-point field goals, the Jaguars were stifled by Northland’s size, only converting on three field goals inside the three-point line for the entire game.
With the victory, Northland improves to 23-0 on the season and heads into a Feb. 27 home matchup against Central Crossing, whom the Vikings defeated 87-31 in the first round of last year’s tournament.
Written by: Zach Fleer / @YS614
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