Mike Stetson, Sports Information Director
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – After a near-miss Friday night, the Warriors bounced back strong and earned a weekend split on the road in North Star Athletic Association play.
The Waldorf men’s basketball team started strong, used a late surge to take control, then held on for an 82-75 win at Valley City State on Saturday.
Out of the gate, the Warriors showed no ill effects of an overtime loss one day earlier, jumping in front 13-7 on a Brady Kuchinka 3-pointer early in the first half.
The host Vikings whittled away at the lead, and the see-saw contest went to the break tied 39-39 following a late bucket by Demitrius Martin for the Warriors (9-15 overall, 6-5 NSAA).
Both teams traded baskets in the second half until back-to-back 3-balls from Martin put Waldorf on top 61-55, and in front for good.
The Warriors stretched the lead 70-59 on a Gabriel Munoz bucket with 5 ½ minutes left to go, then Waldorf hung on despite a late charge by Valley City State.
The Vikings closed as close as 77-75 down on a Jalen Addison bucket with 1:37 remaining, but the Warriors iced the win as Quincy Minor, Jr. hit a basket, then Kuchinka tossed in two free throws to make it 81-75.
A final freebie by Martin finished off the night’s scoring for the Warriors, who now return home to host Presentation and Mayville State at the Hanson Fieldhouse on Friday and Saturday.