Vikings lose two to Craig Panthers on the road
The Vikings popped down to Craig last weekend to challenge the Panthers on their home court.
“The weather was good, but the basketball wasn’t,” said Vikings Head Coach Rick Brock.
Friday’s game got off to a slow start and ran into early foul trouble.
The Vikings were down 18-12 at the end of the first quarter.
Craig maintained that lead for much of the second quarter, until Anthony Curtiss and Kayin McCay came off the bench and had a huge quarter, Curtiss scoring 8 and McCay adding 4.
“Both did extremely well for us…we got on a roll and went into halftime with a 28-24 lead,” said Brock. “Defensively we were able to stop them and offensively we found our rhythm.”
Things took a disappointing turn in the third period. After knocking down a three pointer the Vikings found themselves in a 6-minute-long dry spell.
“Defensively we were not able to stop them…and then we were having a hard time on the other end finding the basket,” said Brock.
Craig outscored Petersburg 19-3 in the quarter, and the game entered the fourth quarter with a score of 43-31.
The Vikings battled in the fourth.
“We’d get a turnover and then weren’t able to convert on our end or miss a critical free throw, so then at the end we had to gamble and try to foul and get them to miss. They didn’t,” said Brock.
Final score on Friday was Vikings 49, Panthers 63.
Saturday the Panthers came out hungry.
“The pace of the game at the beginning was too fast for us, and we went down 20-10 in the first quarter,” said Brock.
“We would score and they would run down and score immediately. Their two best players had a great quarter…and we weren’t able to slow them down the whole game,” said Brock.
In the second and third quarters Petersburg stepped it up and matched the Panthers point for point, but weren’t able to cut into their ten-point lead.
The fourth quarter looked a lot like the night before, according to Brock.
“We had a few opportunities, but the same thing would happen. We’d get a critical turnover and then miss a layup or free throw. So, same thing, we had to gamble at the end and ended up losing by 20.”
44-64 was the final score.
The Petersburg JV had a somewhat better weekend.
Friday the Vikings lost 42-44 in a hard fought match, then turned around and won big on Saturday, 56-28.
“They played a really good game from beginning to end,” said Brock.
This weekend the Vikings will host Metlakatla.
Saturday will be the last home game of the season, and it will be senior appreciation night.
“We’re asking everybody to wear white to show their support, and have a white out,” said Brock.