St. Elizabeth senior Nathan Thomas put up a double double in the second period alone as the Vikings took down Salesianum 59-51 in the Birkenheuer Memorial Gymnasium.
Vikings took the trip to Salesianum just days after accruing their second loss of the season to William Penn.
Sallies’ Jack Brown and Michael Wallace set up their team for success early with a lead through period one but St. E wasn’t having it.
Vikings shot 12 of 12 from the line and added a few more buckets to get the upper hand through two.
That second period included 10 points and 10 boards from Thomas. Natahn would finish the game at 16 boards but more impressively, drop 16 of 16 from the line while netting 22 points.
Jordan Brown was also a force to be reckoned with throughout for St. E as he put up 16 and tore through the Sallies’ offense with steal after steal.
Salesianum put up an impressive effort in the third to knot the contest at 38 before eventually falling to the Viking’s 92.59% accuracy at the foul line.
“We just needed to settle in,” said St. Elizabeth head coach Matt Rubincam. “We’re a really good team. It’s a big win after the loss to William Penn the other night.”
Nathan Thomas noted that his team is generally better when they come back from the half.
“We were real down. I mean, we were up four but we didn’t play well,” said Thomas. “Coach told us we needed to stay positive, it was gonna be a good second half but we needed to work harder than them.”
St. Elizabeth moves to 6-2 on the season with a home game on the horizon. Vikings host Freire Charter inext Saturday.
The now 4-3 Salesianum squad gets a day to shake off the loss with Howard coming to town on Monday night.