2007-01-18 / Sports

Kangaroos Scoring Punch Decks Vikings 90-52

By Jerry Del Priore

In their first meeting of the season against Boys & Girls High School at home last month, South Shore High School boy's varsity basketball team came back from a 10-point deficit to pull to within a point with 48 seconds remaining in the game. But, a missed three pointer in the final seconds ended the comeback, as the Vikings lost to the Kangaroos, 56-53.

In the second game against the undefeated Kangaroos last week, the Vikings looked to avenge their previous loss and played well enough in the first quarter to end it tied at 15-15.

However, South Shore was stifled after that and wound up being overwhelmed, 90-52, at Boys & Girls, which dropped their PSAL season record to 4-5.

The Kangaroos outscored the Vikings in the second quarter and ended the half with a commanding 40-25 lead.

South Shore fell behind a little more in the third quarter as the Boys & Girls squad continued its offense onslaught, outscoring their opponent 16-12.

Boys & Girls continued to dominate the Vikings in the final quarter with a 19-point scoring difference to easily win the game.

The Kangaroos scoring was helped with 10 three pointers that helped put away the Vikings.

South Shore boys' basketball head coach Mike Beckles acknowledged the extremely talented Boys & Girls team, but he was disappointed that his team let the game get out of hand after the first period.

"We played a good team. They're not undefeated by accident," Beckles told the Courier on Saturday. "But it was tied after the first quarter. To lose by 38 points is unacceptable."

When asked about South Shore's ability to put the stinging defeat behind them and get back on the winning track, Beckles said that, "I think they'll bounce back. This is a very big week for us."

South Shore hosts Thomas Jefferson High School today (Thursday) at 5:00 p.m.

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