The No. 4 seed Midway Vikings defeated No. 5 Archie Whirlwinds 50-20 in the first round of the WEMO boys conference basketball tournament Dec. 2 at Adrian.
Although Archie opened the game with a bucket by junior forward Ceaser Swigart, Midway responded with a 14-0 first half run and never looked back.
The Vikings, led by their big men junior Clay Dahman and senior Mason Irvin, accounted for 27 of Midway’s 51 points.
"We got it to our big guys" Midway head coach Brett Burchett said after the game. "We have a couple good strong big kids inside so that was our game plan. Clay and Mason did a good job of getting open."
The Whirlwinds struggled to penetrate the lane due to the Vikings size and quickness. Midway turned their size advantage into additional scoring from the free-throw line converting 11-of-15 attempts.
After spotting the Vikings a 27-5 lead at half, Archie responded by matching Midway’s third quarter output. The Whirlwinds and Vikings each had nine points in the third period.
Midway pulled away in the final quarter outscoring Archie 15-9 ensuring their first round victory.
Despite a crushing defeat, the Whirlwinds did have an outstanding individual effort by Swigart, who accounted for half of Archie’s offensive output, scoring 10 points. He also provided much needed size for the Whirlwinds in the post.
Contributing to the rest of the Archie effort were Joey Wheeler (four points), Brady Lett (three points), Will Cantrell (two points) and Tyler Setzer (1).
Nearly everyone on the Midway roster contributed to the Viking victory. Clay Dahman led Midway’s offensive effort with sixteen points followed by, Mason Irvin (11 points), Bobby Zielinski (eight points), Nate Fischer and Michael O’Brien (four each), followed by Chris Chander and Tyler Wright each with two points.
Midway will met No. 1 seed Osceola in the winner’s semi-final game Dec. 5.
"That’s going to be a tough game for us," Burchett said after the game. "They have good guards that are quick and athletic. This will be a challenging matchup for us."