Gannon Limke drives

Hillsboro-Central Valley junior Gannon Limke, left, drives to the basket against the defense of Kindred center Gavin Keller in Tuesday’s 64-43 loss in Kindred. Limke led the Burros with 16 points in the win.

KINDRED, N.D. – The Kindred Vikings didn’t seem fazed opening their season hosting the Region 2 defending champion Hillsboro-Central Valley Burros.

The Vikings stood tall in their season debut – really tall.

Relying on their height advantage – and anchored by 6-foot-9 center Gavin Keller – the Vikings raced out early and held the Burros to 14 first-half points en route to a 64-43 win Monday.

“In the first half, we got punched in the mouth. We did not have energy ... in that first half,” said H-CV head coach Elliot Rotvold.

“We were playing one on five (but) I liked the fight we had in the second half. I thought we came out with a lot more energy and we said ‘Hey, let’s go win the second half.’”

Kindred junior guard Jaiden Peraza hit a jumper and added a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a quick 5-0 lead after tipoff.

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