Riverton’s ‘Ginger’ hits clutch free throws in double overtime

Nathan Erickson was the unlikeliest of heroes for Riverton in its 52-51 double overtime victory over Viewmont on Tuesday night.

And ironically enough, Viewmont’s student section helped serenade him to that success.

Erickson is a red head, and whenever he touched the ball in the 5A first round game at the Maverik Center, Viewmont’s student section ruthlessly chanted “ginger.” He only played four minutes in the first half, but they let him have it big time whenever he touched the ball.

Erickson is just a junior who averages 2.3 ppg, but in virtually every game this year he’s been heckled with the “ginger” chants.

When asked if they bother him, Erickson said with a big grin on his face, “the ginger cheers? I’m used to it. It’s a song.”

In the second overtime with Riverton leading 50-49, situation dictated that Erickson go back in the game. With a potentially cold hand coming off the bench, Viewmont gladly fouled Erickson with 11 seconds remaining.

Erickson wasn’t nervous about the free throws at all, and calmly stepped to the line knowing he’d made his free throws in practice earlier in the day. As for the “ginger” chants raining down from Viewmont’s student section, it may as well have been a song on his iPod.

Erickson sank both free throws finishing with two points in a whopping five minutes.

“Those were big (free throws), we needed both of them obviously,” said Riverton coach Steve Galley.

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