Vikings show their fighting spirit

THE Grafton City Vikings turned in a much improved performance at the cage on Saturday night, going down to second-placed team Hornsby Spiders by 26 points in a thrilling game of basketball.

It appears that the young Vikings team has finally adapted to the harder competition and matched Hornsby in most aspects of the game.

In the first quarter the Vikings were down by 12 early, but a spirited fightback shocked the opposition and at quarter time the Vikings were down by only one point.

The Vikings lost the plot a little in the second quarter and at halftime were down 40-26, but in the third quarter they again fought back.

In the last quarter Hornsby were able to kick away to win by 26.

This was by far the Vikings' best performance of the year.

Now they know they can play at this level and a win is not too far away.

Matt Moran again was the outstanding player on the court, being everywhere in defence and top scoring for his team.

Danny Boorman and Gus Noble also had strong games, holding their bigger players off the boards all night and finishing battered and bruised.

Glenn Boorman and Tim Kent again controlled the game well, while Under-18 big man Richard Ellis was also strong both ends of the court and Dylan Parbury also played well.

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