Vikings Topple Boys And Girls In Big Upset
Favorites Boys and Girls High discovered that reality to their chagrin as the South Shore Vikings held off a strong challenge from the favored nationallyranked team, to create a super upset and remain strong in the PSAL Brooklyn AA Boys Championship last Thursday.
Apacked and raucous hall of home supporters rallied the Vikings to their second straight victory in two days, despite the heroics of Boys and Girls’Leroy Fludd who banged in an eye popping game high 31 points.
But it was all in vain as Vikings led by the brilliance of Terrence Samuel, ably supported by Shamiek Sheppard and Wayne Martin, spearheaded the home team to a 61-55 win to move their record to six wins against two losses and, more importantly, to a 4-2 tally in league play.
Samuel led his warriors with18 points, six assists and seven rebounds, while Sheppard chipped in with 17 points and Martin 13 as the Canarsie school followed up on an important 68-61 triumph over George Westinghouse on Tuesday evening with another fine win.
Fludd’s 31 points was a virtual oneman effort as Tyliek Kimbrough became Boys and Girls’ next highest contributor with 13.
An elated Vikings coach Marc Eugene attributed the upset win to mental toughness, fortified by all round team work.
“We were tenacious, played strong and stayed out of trouble,” he said, adding that the team stuck to the plan to keep Fludd under control. “We did well to contain their main guy Fludd, an exceptional player. You see what he can do out there.”
Inspired by the noisy home crowd, Vikings came on strong when it mattered in the second half after the visiting team held a narrow 31-30 lead at half time.
The hosts came out charged up and took the lead with two unanswered baskets shortly after the whistle and only surrendered it once in the segment.
That was when Fludd scored from a breakaway after a complacent Vikings defense allowed Boys and Girls a nifty steal with one minute, 40 seconds left in the encounter.
Had Boys and Girls capitalized on rebounds on two missed dunks by the Vikings offense, they could’ve given themselves a better chance, but in the end, the team with cooler heads and steady hands earned the rewards as Vikings outshot the opposition from the free throw line.
Vikings went ahead with two converted freebies at 57-55 and but Fludd iced it at 59-59 with a put-back from a missed layup.
The home team dug in thereafter and created chances from the free throw line through constant drives to the basket.
On surrendering the lead when seemingly well set with less than two minutes remaining in the latter half, coach Eugene was not about to press the panic button.
“No, we were not worried at all when we have players like Shamiek. He’s a high flyer and can do almost anything,”
The back-to-back games last week should build the Vikings’ confidence for a three-win streak when they take on Paul Robeson Campus High again at home this week. Individual excellence is great for the records, but teamwork always pays bigger dividends.