Matt Moran, for the Vikings, gets a quick pass away against Lake Macquarie Lightning.
Matt Moran, for the Vikings, gets a quick pass away against Lake Macquarie Lightning.

Vikings shaping up



THE young Grafton City Vikings continued their improved form at the Cage in Grafton on Saturday night, although going down to third-placed team Lake Macquarie Lightning 91-63.

In their last two home games, the Vikings have lost to the second and third-placed teams, both by about 20 points.

The Vikings started the game well and led early in the first quarter. Nathan Martin and Danny Boorman were both shooting the ball well at this stage.

The Vikings continued to execute well both ends of the court in the first quarter and in the best quarter they have played all year, were in front 22-18. This was brought about by good play both ends of the court and shows talent.

They then fell into the trap of not continuing in this style of play. A couple of players then went individual in an attempt to win the game by themselves and this never works.

The Vikings went into halftime down 37-45 and were still in the game.

During the second half, except for a brief period when Matt Moran hit three three-pointers in a row, the Vikings were never in the hunt.

Danny Boorman was in top form for the Vikings in his strongest game for the year, while Nathan Martin shot the ball well. Matt Moran again had a good all-round game with his defensive rebounding ? outstanding.

Young Guards Tim Kent and Sam Rhodes played well.

Pointscorers for the Vikings were N Martin 27, D Boorman 15, M Moran 13, G Boorman and T Kent 7.



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