McARTHUR – The Vinton County Vikings canned 15 three-point shots Friday night in their 69-56 victory over the Alexander Spartans in a Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division contest. 

The Vikings (6-3, 5-1 TVC-Ohio) have won six of their last seven games and are continuing to play quality basketball. For Braylon Damron, it was a career night as he dialed in nine long-range shots to lead the Viking with 27 points.

His effort is believed to be a school record for three-point shots. Damron had some help from his teammates from beyond the arc. Randall Matteson had three along with Lance Montgomery, who scored 13 points, Eli Radabaugh had one, as part of his 10 point effort, while Zayne Karr had one each.

The Vikings shot well as they were 23 of 55 (41.8 percent) from the field and Boomer Herrold had seven rebounds to lead the team. Even with his outstanding play, Damron did not enjoy the high-point honors, as Alexander’s Kyler D'Augustino led all scorers with a 33 point effort. Alexander had 14 field goals, seven three-pointers, and were 7 of 10 (70 percent) from the free-throw line.

After the game, Vikings head coach Matt Combs commented on the three-point shots and how well the offense played. 

“I know people say live and die by the three's, but I really do buy into that,” said Combs. “I do not care if we take 25 three-point shots, as long as they are good three-point shots. I also thought we really ran the offense well tonight and we played well as a team.”

The game started out quickly, as Damron started the scoring with a three-pointer at the 7:36 mark. It was the first of four he would have in the first eight minutes. The Vikings continued to build an early lead as Lance Montgomery made a field goal, at the 6:20 mark to give Vinton County an 8-3 lead. The Vikings extended their lead to 19-13 at the at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Vikings built a 34-28 lead at the half. The scoring was even in the quarter as Montgomery led the Vikings offensively with two field goals. 

In the third quarter, Vinton County began to pull away as they scored 19 points. Damron added two additional three-pointers to the mix and the Vikings led 53-41 after three quarters. Vinton County went on to add 16 points in the final quarter to close out the win.

Vinton County was in action on Wednesday at Chillicothe. The Vikings will travel to Wellston for a TVC-Ohio Division matchup on Friday.