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Petersburg emerges on top
Petersburg’s Rylan Wallace, watches Wrangell’s Caleb Groshang under the basket in the second half Saturday at the Region V Tournament in Ketchikan. Photo by Hall Anderson

KETCHIKAN (KDN) —  The Petersburg High School Vikings boys basketball team took down the Wrangell High School Wolves 40-28 on Saturday at the Clarke Cochrane Gymnasium in the second-place game of the Region V (2A, 3A, 4A) Basketball Tournament.

A win for the Vikings gives Petersburg a No. 2-seed in the upcoming state tournament in Anchorage set to begin on March 22, just behind the top-seeded Metlakatla High School Chiefs.

Wrangell’s season comes to an end with the defeat.

Petersburg controlled the pace of play from the onset of the game, and had at least a four-point lead over Wrangell after each quarter of play.

As a team, the Vikings shot 63.1 percent from the free-throw line, going 12-for-19 in the final 2A game of the tournament.

Petersburg sophomore Gunnar Payne led the Vikings in scoring with 13 points, and made five of nine shots from the foul line, while senior Dale Strong tallied 11 points in his team’s victory.

The Wolves were prevented from scoring double-digits in all four quarters

Scoring line

Petersburg: Gunnar Payne 13, Dale Strong 11, Brennan Skeek 7, Louden Sandhofer 7, Thomas Durkin 2.

Wrangell: Tyman Teat 10, Jean-Luke Lewis 9, Caleb Groshong 4, Trevor Miller 2, Brett Abrahamson 2, Jacob Hammer 1.