Grafton Vikings' Nathan Earp gets a shot away under pressure from Suns' pair Forde Heatley (40) and Josh Brookes (34). Photo Matthew Elkerton / Daily Examiner
Grafton Vikings' Nathan Earp gets a shot away under pressure from Suns' pair Forde Heatley (40) and Josh Brookes (34). Photo Matthew Elkerton / Daily Examiner Matthew Elkerton

Vikings extinguish the Suns at home

BASKETBALL: Grafton Vikings have sent a clear message to their upcoming opponents in the Far North Coast League with a resounding 75-54 thumping of the Coffs Harbour Suns.

It was not all smooth sailing for the Vikings as the Suns got off to a blazing start notching up three early shots from outside the arc to push the score out to 13-2 in the first five minutes.

The Vikings launched a quick come back to hold a two point lead into quarter time.

From then on the Vikings continued to power over the top of the Suns with quick transitional play and strong defensive strucutres at the opposite end of the court.

"I am pretty satisfied," Vikings' coach Rob Blinman said. "We more or less put a full game of basketball together which is all you can expect as coach.

"We have had a little bit of court time together since the last time we met Coffs, which has given the boys a little more structure and our intensity out there was fantastic.

"Everything I have asked they have done."

All Grafton starters had points to their name by the end of the fourth while their Under 18s players put on a good showing while playing with the open side.

The match was called three minutes from full time after Vikings' shooting guard Matty Moran suffered a significant injury when he collided with the wall but he was cleared by paramedic crews who were called out.

"It was just unfortunate the game stopped three minutes early.," Blinman said.

"He has hit the wall and hit the ground sweating. It was more precautionary than anything."

Vikings expect to kick off their Far North Coast campaign in June.



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