Edgewood-Colesburg’s boys’ basketball team picked up a pair of home-court victories over winless opponents to start the new year before squaring off with one of the Tri-Rivers Conference heavyweights, at Alburnett, Jan. 8.

The Vikings showed little rust coming out of the holiday break, outscoring Central Elkader, 69-17, at Colesburg, Jan. 4.

Ed-Co led 19-6 after a quarter and 31-8 at the half. Coach Justin Olind got everyone on the roster playing time in the second half as his team cruised to an easy win.

‘We came out with good energy and focus. We jumped on Central early and never allowed them any easy opportunities to score,” Olind said. “It was great to be able to rotate all the guys in. I was really happy that every guy came in and played hard.”

Ed-Co’s leaders against Central Elkader were: scoring — Parker Rochford and Jack Wiskus 10, Korey Putz nine, Kiernan Hansel and Kody Hoeger eight, Mason Ashline and Quintin Hess six, Jake Jones five, Landin Carter three; three-point goals — Hoeger and Wiskus two, Rochford, Korey Putz and Carter one; rebounds — Wiskus nine, Korey Putz and Ashline six, Rochford, Hess, Hoeger and Hansel three, Konner Putz and Carson Knipper two; assists — Rochford seven, Hess, Hoeger and Knipper three, Hansel two, Ashline, Carter, Konner Putz and Korey Putz one; steals — Korey Putz three, Konner Putz and Wiskus two, Rochford, Ashline, Hoeger, Hansel and Knipper one; team shooting — 28-of-59 (47.5%); team free throws — six-of-eight (75%); turnovers — 10.

A Central City team with only one senior on the roster was no match for the Vikings, in Edgewood, Jan. 5.

It was 26-6 after a quarter, and 42-15 at the half. It was only a matter of time until the continuous clock rule went into effect as the Wildcats scored only 11 second-half points.

11-of-13 Ed-Co players who got on the floor found the scoring column as the Vikings shot 51.8% from the floor and committed only nine turnovers, while Central City shot only 28.6% and had 27 turnovers.

“The guys did a nice job executing on the offensive and defensive ends in the half-court,” said Olind. “‘I was really happy with the unselfish play as a team and how each guy did the job defensively. It was great to get a good amount of minutes for all the guys as we had an opportunity for everyone to play.”

The Vikings’ leaders against Central City were: scoring — Wiskus and Ashline 13, Rochford 11, Konner Putz 10, Hess eight, Korey Putz four, Hoeger, Westin Rowcliffe, Hansel and Knipper two; three-point goals — Rochford and Wiskus one; rebounds — Ashline and Wiskus six, Konner Putz four, Rochford, Korey Putz and Knipper three, Hess and Hansel two, Rowcliffe and Jones one; assists — Konner Putz and Korey Putz four, Rochford three, Hess two, Ashline, Hoeger, Rowcliffe and Knipper one; steals — Konner Putz and Rochford four, Korey Putz, Hess and Ashline three, Knipper and Wiskus two, Carter, Hoeger, Rowcliffe and Hansel one; team shooting — 29-of-56 (51.8%); team free throws — nine-of-13 (69.2%); turnovers — nine.

The Vikings outscored Alburnett 42-16 in the second and third quarters on the way to a 67-51 win over the Pirates, at Alburnett, Jan. 8.

“It’s always tough to win at Alburnett. The last time we won down there was in 2013,” said Olind. “Alburnett came out really strong and won the first quarter, but we had the game at the tempo we wanted. During the second quarter, the guys tightened down the defense and cranked up the pressure.”

This Ed-Co team thrives on forcing opponents to play a fast-paced full-court game, and the Vikings got that going against the Pirates.

“We wanted to come out of halftime and put ourselves in control of the game. The guys played with high energy on the defensive end as well as pushing the ball offensively to wear down Alburnett,” Olind said. “When we didn’t get something in transition, the guys executed the offense and played patiently until we got the look we wanted. That allowed us to shoot a high percentage and not turn the ball over.

“This is a big win for us,” he added. “Alburnett is a very talented team. I’m proud of the effort and how we executed on the road to earn a solid win.”

Leading Ed-Co against Alburnett were: scoring — Ashline 17, Rochford 16, Wiskus 13, Korey Putz eight, Hess five, Konner Putz and Rowcliffe four; three-point goals — Rochford and Wiskus two, Hess one; rebounds — Rochford, Wiskus and Korey Putz four, Konner Putz three, Hess two, Ashline and Hoeger one; assists — Rochford four, Korey Putz three, Konner Puts two, Hess and Wiskus one; steals — Konner Ptz four, Wiskus and Korey Putz two; Rochford, Ashline, Hess and Hoeger one; team shooting — 28-of-47 (59.6%); team free throws — 6-of-10 (60%); turnovers — 10.