Vikings defence shuts out opponents
By Bruce Leonard
THE Grafton City Vikings achieved their aim at the weekend with two impressive wins at the Cage, beating Raymond Terrace on Saturday night 98-32, then backing up on Sunday to defeat Muswellbrook 76-49.
An impressive factor in both wins was their defence, effectively shutting the opposition out of both games.
On Saturday the game started at a frantic pace with the Vikings taking control of the game early and at quarter time, with most of the starters sitting on the bench, they led 36-12 with the game virtually over.
This was a game where the starters saw little court time, Steve Smith playing three minutes in the game and the bench players getting plenty of court time.
Scorers for the Vikings were: Tim Kent, Cameron Fishburn and Ryan Geise 14, S Brotherson 11, D Boorman 10, M Moran 8, G Boorman 7, L Parbury and Trent Meyer 6, J Bashforth 4 D Parbury and S Smith 2.
Special mention must be made of 14-year-old Levi Parbury in his first game with 6 points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals showing the future of the Vikings is assured.
nSUNDAY was a different story, with the Vikings having to work hard for every point they scored.
The Vikings started a little sloppy, but soon got into the flow of the game and led 22-14 and were in a comfortable position.
In the second quarter they went cold, but still managed to outscore the opposition 11-10, leading at the long break 33-24.
The game was in the balance.
The Vikings came out in the third quarter very determined and had soon sewn the game up with a 29-10 quarter to take away all chance of Muswellbrook mounting a charge in the last quarter.
The Vikings then used their bench extensively in the last quarter and although outscored 15-14, they were never in danger of losing.
This win keeps the Vikings in play-off contention, but they must keep winning.
Steve Smith is like a good bottle of wine.
Improving with age his playing the best basketball of his extensive career, dominating the game at both ends of the court.
Danny Boorman is another long-time Viking who is finding his niche in the game.
Jason Bashforth, in his comeback weekend, showed just how much he will add to the team in a stellar defensive and passing performance, while Glenn Boorman and Matt Moran contributed a lot to the win.
The younger brigade, in Dylan Parbury, Tim Kent, Cameron Fishburn and Ryan Geise all played big minutes and performed well.
Again a big factor in the Viking's win was their defence with all players contributing to this effort, limiting a team that can play to 10 points in two quarters and 14 and 15 in the other two shows how well their defensive efforts are working.
Point scorers in this game were: D Boorman 20, S Smith 16, M Moran 15, C Fishburn 12, J Bashforth and D Parbury 4, G Boorman R Geise 2, T Meyer 1.
The Vikings' next game is next Saturday night when they travel to Coffs Harbour for their annual grudge match.