Vikings fall to Wolves over the weekend
James Paulson / Sitka Sentinel
Triston Welton attacks the rim with his trademark intensity in Sitka on Saturday.
The Petersburg Vikings traveled to Sitka to face the Wolves for the second weekend in a row.
“Going into this trip and from the scores of the weekend before there were some very specific things we needed to focus on,” Head Coach Rick Brock stated. “Friday night we did all of those things.”
Although the Vikings lost Friday evening with a score of 37 to 43, according to Brock they improved their defensive game tremendously.
“We took care of the basketball and we limited their easy baskets from turnovers,” Brock stated. “We made them work for most of their points.”
The Vikings made adjustments on both ends of the floor and did well through the first half of the game.
“I felt we competed as hard as we could and we really played with some confidence and the ball game was close throughout,” Brock said. “In the beginning of the fourth quarter they got a couple of baskets on us and ended up with a six or seven point lead.”
Brock also explained that by the middle of the fourth quarter the Wolves spread the floor on them and made the Vikings chase them.
“When that happens it's very difficult, with their size and speed, to catch them,” Brock stated. “We ended up losing by six but we showed improvement.”
Tristan Welton and Colby Bell led the Vikings in scoring with 10 points each followed by Dan Loucks with nine points and Michael Brock with seven.
“I felt the important thing was to be positive mentally,” Brock stated. “Feeling positive about ourselves and having the confidence to compete on the floor and in all of the aspects of the game we were very successful.”
Saturday found the Vikings in a similar situation in the first half of the game.
“The tempo of the game was what we wanted and we were only down two with a score of 15 to 17 at half-time,” Brock said. “We came out in the second half and mid way through the third quarter we got ourselves in foul trouble.”
The Vikings ended up with a loss with a score of 33 to 51.
“We had three key players on the bench and they were able to stretch the lead out,” Brock stated. “We just couldn't get any closer.”
According to Brock, the Vikings were struggling at home but he was happy overall with the games.
“I guess you have to look at more than just the score,” Brock said. “I feel it was a good weekend for us and we made some improvements in key areas.”
He also explained that the Viking interior players Loucks and Bell played really well.
“All of us were giving up a few inches and more than a few pounds per player to that team,” Brock said. “I was really happy with our interior play and our post players did a good job.”
Brock and Welton took really good care of the ball against a lot of pressure and full-court man to man coverage, Brock explained.
Leading the team for scoring was Brock with nine points followed by Loucks with seven and Kayin McKay with six.
The Vikings have the weekend off for the first time this season and look to improve their game more with the extra practice time.
“This will be a good time for us to go back and work on some fundamentals,” Brock stated. “We only have eight games left and part of the growing process is trying to figure out who we are and how we are going to play and this weekend I think we found a nice comfort zone so we will just keep trying to improve.”