Flames still searching for section win


The Northgate Flames (0-6, 2-11) are still searching for their first win in the section. Tuesday night, the Flames lost to their section foe, the Sto-Rox Vikings (2-5, 3-10), 76 -55, after the Vikings built an insurmountable 18-point lead at half time.

Last Friday night the Flames had a chance to get their first section win when they hosted the Lancers from Neshannock, but in the end, the Lancers were able to hold on for a 53 – 52 win. Led by Malcolm Randall, who dropped 20 on the night, the Flames rallied late but could not grab the lead. Also, in double digits were Jacian Sustayta and Raylan Whetsell, who posted 13 points apiece in what was one of Northgate’s strongest efforts this season.

The Flames were looking to build on that effort when they took on Sto-Rox and they could not have drawn a better opponent given that the Vikings entered the game on a seven-game losing streak.

After the game, Coach Joe Cangilla said, “We just struggled a little tonight. I don’t think we had our best overall game tonight. We did some things in spurts, but we dug too big of a hole early, and it was too much to come back.”

When it was all said and done, the Flames fell to the Vikings 76 – 55, but finished the night with three players in double digits. Randall finished with a double-double, 18 points and 15 rebounds, seeming to be making the double-double a consistent characteristic of his game. Also in double digits was Whetsell with 15 points and Sustayta with 10. Cangilla said later, “Malcolm Randall and Raylan Whetsell have both picked up their scoring and are playing hard. Ray has picked up his scoring and Malcolm is a consistent double-double guy, which is huge. We just have to get a little more on the periphery with some other guys.”

The Flames get another chance at Laurel tonight in one of their final two home games of the season. The Flames will finish up their season on the road with five straight road games starting on Jan.30.