Viking boys show great progress in Ketchikan
The Viking boys traveled to Ketchikan for the CCCC Tournament and came away with a win against Metlakatla in their last game of the tournament.
“There were a lot of really good things that came out of this tournament,” Head Coach Rick Brock stated. “Even the things that didn't go as well as we wanted them was important for us to experience and learn from.”
The boys faced Ketchikan for their first game of the weekend.
“We had just played them a couple of weeks ago and they were much improved from when we played them before and I feel we were as well,” Brock stated. “We had a very good first half, but ended up behind 19 to 24 but overall I think that was one of the better halves we have played all year.”
Brock also explained that the boys came out in the third quarter and really struggled offensively.
“We hit a three-pointer to start the third quarter so we were down 22 to 24 but then we went about 10 minutes without scoring,” Brock said. “It wasn't that we were turning the ball over we were just struggling getting a shot into the basket.”
He also said that is when Ketchikan got their transitional offense going and they were able to break the game open.
The Vikings were down 22 to 43 at the end of the third quarter and it kind of stayed that way for the fourth quarter also.
“We did get a better offensive rhythm going but we ended up losing 58 to 31,” Brock stated.
The leading scorer for the game was Colby Bell with eight points followed by Michael Brock and Tristan Welton who each brought in six points.
The second game of the tournament was played against Gig Harbor.
“Gig Harbor is a school out of the Tacoma, Wash. area and they are considered one of the bigger high schools in the state,” Brock stated. “They were very big and athletic and we had a really bad first quarter against them.”
The Vikings got five or six good looks at the basket but were just unable to make them drop.
“As we struggled more, our confidence level just kept dropping,” Brock stated. “We had a scoreless first quarter but came back to outscore them 12 to 19 in the second quarter.”
The Petersburg boys went into half time down 12 to 25.
“This isn't an insurmountable lead but we came out flat again in the third quarter struggling to score,” Brock stated. “We only scored two points and our effort level was better but their size and speed really bothered us.”
In the fourth quarter the Vikings got back into an offensive rhythm and scored but lost the quarter 12 to 14 but battled again to at least make it respectable.
“I am hoping that we learn from this,” Brock said. “I don't feel we competed as aggressively as we could have even though they were bigger than us and quicker than us I still feel we could have competed harder and I think the boys feel the same way.”
The Petersburg boys ended up losing with a score of 49 to 26 with Brock leading the scoring with seven points; Welton followed with six points and Kayin McKay and Bell each brought in five points each.
The third and final game for the Vikings was against Metlakatla and they had a chance to discuss the games before hitting the floor.
“We had a long chance to talk about ourselves, competing and confidence and all of the things that happened in the other two games that kept us from playing as well as we could have and the fact that we were holding ourselves back,” Brock stated. “We were playing against good teams but we were helping them by not playing as well as we could have.”
The Vikings put together four great quarters against Metlakatla.
“Metlakatla has a really good team and they beat us twice at home last year and their core players returned this year,” Brock stated. “From the beginning of the game we set the tempo on both the offensive and defensive end and came out ahead in the first quarter 14 to nine.”
The Vikings held that lead through half time with a score of 23 to 15 and had a 10 point lead at the end of the third quarter with a score of 32 to 22.
“We ended up playing great consistent ball against Metlakatla,” Brock said. “We ended up winning 42 to 32.”
Bell had a very good game and led scoring with 17 points. Welton followed with 12 points and Brock brought in six points for the Vikings.
“We adjusted our offense in the middle of the game and the boys responded well to that,” Brock stated. “We had four very good defensive quarters and held them in the first three quarters to less than 10 points and they scored 10 in the last quarter. One of our main goals was to hold them to 10 or less. It was a good way to end the tournament.”
The Vikings will travel to Wrangell Jan. 4 – 5.
“Wrangell is a very long and athletic team that has a good core group of kids back from last year and some good young kids,” Brock stated. “Every year when we go over there it's a battle no matter where you are in the season. This is homecoming and both teams are up for it.”