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Sunday, August 28, 2016 This Week's Paper
Vikings use dominant defense to clinch league title

From the opening tipoff, Curtis got after it defensively against Emerald Ridge tonight to salt away their fourth straight league title. The Vikings forced the Jaguars into 26 turnovers, collecting 19 steals in a 62-38 runaway win at home on senior night tonight.

Senior Dominic Robinson was sharp, hitting an early three-pointer and scoring nine of his team-high 16 points in the first quarter as the Vikings took a 15-8 lead. The defense was stout throughout, particularly during a two minute stretch in the second quarter when Curtis converted three straight turnovers into fast break layups. Garrett Matz fed Jayson Williams for an easy layup after a steal with just under five minutes left in the half to make it 24-11, and Williams had his own steal and layup a minute later. That was in the midst of a 12-0 run that helped the Vikings take a commanding 30-15 lead at the break.

Curtis led 42-26 heading into the fourth quarter, and used another dominant defensive stretch – started by Robinson’s steal and layup that gave them a 50-30 lead – to put the game away. Robinson led the Vikings with four steals, while Matz, Andre Lewis and Isom Brown had three steals apiece. Tory Causey added nine points for the Vikings, while Williams had eight points and Matz and Brown had seven points apiece. Jeremy Harris led the Jaguars with 12 points.

With the win, the Vikings improved to 14-1 in league play to clinch the title, as they sit two games better than Federal Way.

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