Seniors Evan Rasor, James Parker score 50 points combined in Wednesday's rematch game

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Colton senior Evan Rasor sets up the offense during the Vikings' home game against St. Paul on Dec. 1. Rasor scored a team-high 30 points against the Buckaroos in the Vikings' 68-49 away win on Dec. 13. Colton's boys' basketball team didn't much like losing to St. Paul at home earlier this season, so they decided to return the favor on Wednesday and smacked the Buckaroos 68-49 to move to 2-4 overall with about three weeks left until league play begins.

Seniors Evan Rasor and James Parker scored a combined 50 of the Vikings' 68 points that saw them up 44-19 at the half. Rasor had 30 points as he shot 64.7 percent from the field and made six of nine free throws, along with five rebounds and four assists, while Parker had 20 points with 50 percent shooting from the field, three of four free throws, six rebounds, and three assists.

"We played our most complete game against St. Paul to get revenge from [an] earlier loss against them at home," head coach Brandon Kishpaugh said. "We shot the ball well and created a lot of turnovers to get our speed out in transition, but most importantly, we were very unselfish and made the extra passes to get the guys wide open looks." PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS - Colton senior James Parker looks for room during the Vikings' home game against St. Paul on Dec. 1. Parker scored 20 points against the Buckaroos in their 68-49 away win on Dec. 13.

Colton definitely won the turnover battle for the night, as they had just ten (including 16 steals) compared to St. Paul's 23. Colton also had 21 assists and shot 33 percent from beyond the arc.

The Viks took a hit last weekend against Junction City, however, as junior Chance Ritchie suffered a broken leg and expected to be out for the remainder of the season.

During the games at Junction City and Harrisburg last weekend, Kishpaugh said they battled hard and earned a tough win on Thursday against Harrisburg, and competed well against two 4A schools in Junction City and Siuslaw.

Up next for the Vikings is a home game against Sheridan on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Conner Williams
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