Vikings pillage points
THE Grafton City Vikings started their State league season in a convincing fashion with a comprehensive win over the Gosford Rebels at the Cage on Saturday night winning 65-42.
The Vikings started the game on fire, skipping out to a 9-0 lead early in the first quarter and they dominated play for the first five minutes of this quarter but then they fell into a hole only scoring a further four points in the rest of the quarter.
Gosford took advantage of the drop in intensity from the Vikings to close to be only one point at the first break 13-11.
The second quarter saw the Vikings play with little or no intensity on offence, but their defence was working well restricting Gosford's scoring.
At the long break Gosford held a well-deserved lead 25-24.
At this stage it appeared either team would struggle to make 50 points.
The Vikings were kept in the game in the second quarter by some good shooting from Tim Kent.
After the break the Vikings came out fired up and soon established a good lead to go into the last quarter with a good lead 48-29.
In this quarter the Vikings outscored Gosford 24-4 and virtually closed the door on Gosford.
Matt Moran dominated this quarter with 14 points while Cameron Fishburn contributed eight, mainly off assists from Stuart Tait.
The last quarter saw the Vikings take the foot off pedal, but were still able to outscore Gosford 17-13 to score a good and much-needed win.
Matt Moran was outstanding for the Vikings.
After suffering an early injury he came out and shot the lights out. Cameron Fishburn in his first game for 12 months for the Vikings had an outstanding game dominating the defensive rebounds along with Stuart Tait.
Gosford were unable to get a second shot and these two contributed greatly to the win.
A feature of their play was the way they worked together both ends of the court.
Steve Smith in his first game back after 12 months off showed he has improved with age. Controlling the game from the point spot feeding his support with passes exactly when they wanted them.
In all it was a good team effort both ends of the court and a win without some of their top players that will give them a lot of confidence with their next two games against the top teams in the league, Newcastle and Hornsby.
Pointscorers were: M Moran 23, C Fishburn 16, S Tait 14, T Kent 10 and S Smith 2. The Vikings next game will be at home on April 30 against Newcastle.