By Brandon Judeh
Coming into Friday night’s game against Girard, LaBrae head coach Chad Kiser felt his team had not played a full four quarters of basketball this season.
The Vikings changed that in a heartbeat as they destroyed the Indians, 92-64, at LaBrae high school.
“There was definitely some frustration from both the players and coaching staff after the two losses, but we turned up our defense and intensity in practice and I think it helped us,” Kiser said.
Peyton Aldridge was the catalyst in ending the Indians’ six game-winning streak. Aldridge nearly recorded a triple-double by scoring 24 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and distributing seven assists.
Aldridge also had four steals and two blocks.
“We really communicated well tonight on our switches in the 3-2 defense and we did a good job in the second half of stopping their penetration,” Aldridge said0.
Aldridge nearly recorded a double-double in the first quarter with nine points and nine rebounds, but it was a 4-minute span he had in the third quarter that helped the Vikings (9-2, 6-0 All-American Conference, National) sail away.
Aldridge scored 13 consecutive points, blocked two shots, made two steals and had an assist.
The two defining moments of the stretch were two monster dunks, including one off of an ally-oop from Carl Brown, which would have made Phi Slamma Jamma alums jealous.
“It’s always fun to get a couple dunks down in the game,” Aldridge said. “In practice, Carl Brown is always looking to throw me an ally-oop and today we had the opportunity to do it. It was great.”
It happened again in the fourth quarter when Aldridge came off of a back-door screen and Brown delivered a picture-perfect pass for another crowd-pleasing dunk.
Brown 16 points and five assists. Senior Kenny Hall had five 3-pointers and scored 17 points.
The Indians (8-4, 4-2) kept the game close in the first half, going into halftime down by just seven points, thanks to sophomore sensation Craig Randall, who scored 30 points.
“Randall has no fear,” Girard coach Craig Hannon said. “He did a tremendous job. Sometimes I forget how young we are as a team.
“Playing in games like this is huge, the atmosphere will give our team great experience.”
Jim Standohar scored 12 points, Korri Maynard had 11 and Evan Standohar had eight points and 15 rebounds.