2008-02-07 / Sports

Viking Hoopsters Romp To Win Fourth Straight

By Jerry Del Priore

By Jerry Del Priore

A month ago, the South Shore boy's varsity basketball team looked as if its season was on the brink, but since then the Vikings have cranked it up a notch and won four of the next five games.

On Tuesday, South Shore trounced William E. Grady High School, 65-43, at home, running their win streak to four straight games. The streak has also put them in a position for a higher seed for the postseason.

The Vikings (6-7) established a 15-12 first quarter advantage, and built a 31-20 lead going into the locker room. They erupted for 21 more points in the third, while holding the Falcons to 10, and led 52-30 at the end of period. Grady (1-12) played a better fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overtake the Vikings, as they ran out the clock in the closing seconds of the game.

Top scorers for the Vikings were Senior Qashawn Houston, who drained three from behind the arc, scored a game-high 17 points, and sophomore Kimon Murray and senior Sharif Muhammad tacked on 14 and 11, respectively.

South Shore head coach Mike Beckles told the Courier after the game, "I liked the way we played. We're showing patience and playing team basketball. We're definitely peaking at the right time…it's all about how you finish, and they've showed poise in the stretch."

"I have been telling these guys we're one of the top teams in the PSAL," he added. "I think we can play with anybody here (in the league). These guys are healthy, we're growing as a team, and I think they feel comfortable with each other now."

The Vikings can improve its chances for a higher seed in the Brooklyn Championship with a victory over Boys & Girls High School today at 5.00 p.m.

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