Vikings share spoils of weekend games
State League basketball
By Bruce Leonard
THE Grafton City Vikings split their home games on the weekend, going down to Hornsby on Saturday night 98-61 then backing up yesterday to defeat Port Macquarie 81-74 in a tight game.
On Saturday night the Vikings started the game well with their offence flowing and their defence working well.
At half time the Vikings were in front 44-43 and looked like they could make a game of it.
In the third quarter the team went completely cold scoring only four points.
This led top their defence folding and the team racking up many folus.
In the last quarter they picked up well but the game was over.
Most players performed well in the first half but the less said about the poor second half the better.
Scorers in this game were ? Stuart Tait 17, Cameron Fishburn 18, Matt Moran 13, Steve Smith 9, Daniel Boorman 2, Harley Denshire 2.
After the heavy loss it was hard to back up the following day.
But the Vikings came out full of life and were never in danger of losing. They were 10 up at quarter time and held this lead for the entire match.
They went to sleep a little in the second and fourth quarter but in the vital third quarter they were right on their game.
Tait was in outstanding form with 27 points and after three games he is starting to look like his old self again.
His combination with Fishburn has come a long way and the further the season goes, the better these two will play together.
Steve Smith was Steve Smith, controlling all phases of the game and he did the rare feat in State League of getting a triple double.
Moran also is starting to find his feet for the season.
The bench, consistening of mainly young players, did all that was asked of them with the Vikings being able to rest players without hurting.
In all it was a good all round performance and a win that was badly needed, as they are on the road next week for a double header against Hills and Hornsby. They will need to be at their best to to win either game.
Point scorers against Port ? Tait 27, Moran 20, Smith 12, Fishburn 6, G Boorman5, D Parbury 4, Boorman 3, R Geise and Denshire 2.