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Ty Polsgrove pulled down a team-best eight rebounds in Avery’s 69-52 win in Swannanoa last
week against Owen. Photo by Serena Smith

Originally published: 2014-01-30 10:21:53
Last modified: 2014-01-30 10:21:53

Vikings varsity basketball breaks Warhorses, maintains perfect conference mark

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Despite a long layoff between games and weather wreaking havoc on the recent schedule, the Avery Vikings continued to produce victories and overcome the elements, opening an early lead and pulling away to defeat the Owen Warhorses 69-52 on Thursday, Jan. 23, in Swannanoa to improve to 6-0 in Western Highlands Conference competition.

Avery bucked its recent trend of slow starts to score 17 first-quarter points en route to an eight-point lead after one quarter of play. The Vikings offense remained balanced and productive with 18 points in the second quarter. The Warhorses, behind scoring leader Michael Pomeroy, kept the game within striking distance at 10 points, as the Vikings held a 35-25 halftime lead.

The Vikings methodically worked on its lead in the third quarter, edging Owen on the scoreboard by a 15-11 margin in the frame to extend its advantage to 50-36 after three periods. AHS saved its strongest output of the evening for last, converting for 19 points in the stanza to earn the 17-point win.

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