Vienna takes second in Iberia Tournament

Going for their second tournament in the month of January, Mike Beeman’s Vienna Eagles ventured into Ranger country to compete last week in the 56th Annual Iberia Boys Basketball Tournament.

Posting pool play wins over Tuscumbia and Dixon, Vienna advanced to the championship game Friday night against the host Rangers.

Trailing 59-51 after three quarters, the Eagles could not get any closer before falling 71-56 to Iberia and settling for second-place hardware in Miller County.

Defense proved to be the difference Friday night against Iberia.

“They defended much better than we did tonight,” Beeman said. “Most of our shots were contested and tough shots. We allowed them too many open looks on the defensive end.”

Moving himself that much closer to 2,000 points for his outstanding Vienna High School basketball career, Isaac Weider paced the Eagle offense with a team-high 23 points. He also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal to his point total.

Kyle Helton joined Weider in double figures with 13 points, two boards and an assist.

Caid Stockstill chipped in six points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot for the Eagles.

Gavin Stricklan added five points and five rebounds while AJae Schell had four points, two rebounds, a steal and an assist.

Logan Agan kicked in three points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.

Opening the Iberia Tournament last Tuesday night, Vienna looked to tame Tuscumbia’s Lions in the opener for both teams.

Doubling up Tuscumbia 22-11 after one quarter, the Eagles led 58-41 after three quarters before going on to a 79-55 victory.

Weider led three Eagles in double figures with 21 points, two rebounds and a steal.

Agan followed closely with 19 points, six rebounds, two steals and an assist. Stockstill rounded out the trio in double figures with 10 points, six steals, four rebounds, four assists, and a blocked shot.

Stricklan kicked in seven points and six rebounds while Tyler Roberds added five points, three rebounds, an assist and a steal.

Dawson Wansing recorded five points while Helton was the chairman of the boards for Vienna

Even though he was held to four points, Helton pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to go along with six assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

Luke McEnnis chipped in three points, three assists, two steals and a rebound against the Lions.

Schell and Sutton Hauck each contributed two points while Ethan Weeks rounded out the Vienna scoring against Tuscumbia with a point and a rebound.

Two nights on Thursday, Vienna was looking to avenge an early-season loss to Dixon’s Bulldogs on the road.

Breaking a 34-34 halftime tie, the Eagles blitzed the Bulldogs 41-21 in the second half to post a 75-55 win over Dixon advancing them to the championship game at Iberia.

Improving on his 21-point output against Tuscumbia, Weider nearly put together a triple double against the Bulldogs.

Among three Eagles in double figures, Weider led the way with 36 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

Helton reached double digits with 15 points adding four rebounds and two assists to his stat line.

Agan nearly posted a double double amassing 13 points and seven rebounds.

Stockstill also flirted with a triple double for the Eagles putting up five points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocked shots.

Stricklan posted solid numbers against Dixon with four points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.

McEnnis added two points, four rebounds and dished out a team-high five assists.

Hosting Linn’s Wildcats Monday night in a non-conference showdown, Beeman’s Eagles survived a number of Linn runs each time Vienna had leads of 10-12 points.

Making free throws down the stretch, the Eagles held on for a 72-66 victory over Linn bumping Vienna’s record to 12-6 on the season.

That win came at a cost when Stockstill broke his arm going down hard on a play ending his season.

“It was a big win and a big loss for us at the same time,” Beeman said.

Four days removed from dropping 36 points on Dixon, Weider equaled that with another 36-point effort Monday night against Linn. He added four rebounds, three assists and two steals to go along with high point total.

Helton just missed double digits with nine points, five assists, two rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot.

McEnnis also came close to double figures scoring eight points to go along with two assists and a steal. Roberds added five points and three rebounds.

Stockstill posted numbers of five points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists before his season-ending injury with about two minutes left in the game.

Agan just missed a double double scoring seven points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Vienna will return to action tomorrow night (Thursday) hosting another non-conference opponent in St. Elizabeth’s Hornets starting with the junior varsity contest at 6 p.m., at Vienna High School.

This is Vienna’s first JV action since their homecoming victory over Calvary Lutheran.