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Vikings defeated by Sitka Wolves at home


Shelly Pope

Point guard Michael Brock, one of the Vikings’ leading scorers, looking for a hole in the Sitka half court defense.

The Petersburg Vikings hosted the Sitka Wolves for a two game fight but didn't come out the victors.

“I thought we made some progress this week in a couple of areas and our intensity level was better than it was last weekend against Mt. Edgecumbe,” Head Coach Rick Brock said. “I believe also that, physically, we competed against a team that was much bigger than us but we continue to struggle putting the ball in the basket.”

Brock explained that both nights the Vikings had good shots that they would typically make but just would not go in.

“When that happens, it's hard to keep positive and keep your head up,” Brock stated. “Their half-court defense is very skilled and very seasoned since a lot of them played last year.”

The Wolves were region champions and most of the players are bigger than the Vikings.

“I still felt that defensively at half-court we did some good things and took some of their strengths away,” Brock said. “We were just giving them too many easy points by throwing the ball away and that was partly because of their defensive pressure, but also because of our lack of execution and bad decision making.”

According to Brock, when that happens and they are playing a good team, it is hard to be successful and that is really where the Vikings are now as a team.

Although, there were areas in which Brock would have liked his team to have done better he still feels there is a lot of improvement that has been displayed.

“I feel we have made some progress and did some things well,” he stated. “There are stretches in the game where we get a really good flow going and things go well for us. Unfortunately it just didn't happen enough times for us to compete against a good team.”

The Wolves put a lot of pressure on the Vikings and their size made it difficult to get into a half-court offense.

“We had some good clean looks at the basket,” Brock said. “They just wouldn't fall.”

The Vikings will travel to Sitka and play the Wolves again this weekend.

“This is a hard part of our schedule,” Brock stated. “It's hard to play any team four games in a row but we will go to Sitka with the idea that we have to continue to get better and work on some things ourselves.”

According to Brock, Colby Bell competed well both nights and did some good things for the team.

“Michael Brock and Tristan Welton have a tremendous amount of responsibility handling the ball for us,” Brock said. “I am pleased with their effort level on the court and getting us into our sets.”

Friday evening the Vikings were defeated with a score of 21 to 58 with Bell bringing in the most points for the game with 10.

Saturday's loss came with the score of 31 to 65 with Welton leading in points with 11 and Bell and Brock bringing in seven points each.

“It is difficult, when you are struggling as a team to compete the way we did this last weekend,” Brock stated. “But there are always bright spots and we are slowly improving on areas and trying to put it all together.”


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