Vikings open season in Ketchikan
The Vikings played their first basketball game of the season last weekend in Ketchikan.
It was an endowment game, which means it won’t count toward either team’s season record.
“The game started out a little rough for us,” said Vikings head coach Rick Brock. That’s to be expected starting the season out against a 4A team.
The Ketchikan varsity played a full court press throughout the first quarter, and effectively shutdown the Viking offense.
“Their full court pressure really bothered us. We had a hard time getting any kind of clean look at the basket,” said Brock.
In the second quarter the Vikings did a better job of getting the ball inside and were able to get to the free throw line. Ketchikan led by eight points going into halftime.
“We were able to get in the locker room and make a couple adjustments to our press break, and we started out the third quarter playing well. We were getting the ball inside and we cut their lead to two,” said Brock.
A few key Vikings players started getting into foul trouble, and taking advantage of that, Ketchikan turned up the full court pressure and managed to regain and 11 point lead going into the fourth quarter. The teams were about evenly matched in the final quarter and Ketchikan came away with a 46 to 33 win.
Tristan Welton and Colby Bell led the Vikings offense with 12 points each.
Bell was imposing in the key on defense as well
“He did a really nice job on the boards for us,” said Brock. “Colby played a good solid game all-around.”
Having had just two weeks of practice this first game was a good opportunity for the Vikings to see what they need to work on.
The varsity squad has a few returning players, but the Vikings also have a lot of new faces on the team.
Ten players on the trip had never played a high school basketball game before.
“We brought our JV and freshman teams down. We were able to play a couple of scrimmages,” said Brock. “It was a very valuable experience for them to play a couple games against very good competition to see what high school basketball is like.”
This weekend in Petersburg the Vikings host the Little Norway Tournament. Six boys teams: Klawock, Craig, Wrangell, Haines, Angoon and Petersburg; along with four girls teams: Haines, Wrangell, Klawock and Petersburg will compete in a round-robin tournament with action starting at 12:45 p.m. on Thursday and continuing through the weekend.
The Petersburg girls varsity meet Haines first at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, followed by the Vikings boys against Angoon at 7:45 p.m.