Vikings Take Out Paul Robeson For A Three-Win Streak
It was like the calm after the storm, but the result remained constant as South Shore Vikings chalked up their third victory in a row in the PSAL Boys Brooklyn AA basketball competition last Thursday.
Compared to the intense atmosphere when top ranked Boys and Girls High visited Flatlands Avenue the previous week, home team’s encounter with Paul Robeson High was like pitting Triangle Junction to Times Square on New Year’s Eve.
Amidst less noise and fewer spectators, South Shore had more trouble attending to a back injury suffered by guard Doudmy St. Hillaire than the challenge presented by Paul Robeson Campus High as they romped to an easy 58-46 triumph.
St. Hillaire was taken to the hospital after the game for a hurt back after he crashed into the concrete wall behind the backboard, diving for a loose ball.
At the time Vikings were well ahead and cruising to victory in the third quarter while producing a powerful second half performance, to kill off Paul Robeson’s hopes after the latter team played solidly at half time for a 22-22 tied score.
Mohamed Dansoko scored a matching game high tally of 17 points with 10 rebounds for Paul Robeson High. Kadeem Stanislaus added eight and pulled down 15 rebounds and Denzil Wilson netted seven points.
But there was only going to be one winner as South Shore’s superior offense and in defense, eventually wore down the visiting team’s willpower.
Vikings assistant coach Shaun Mark commended his charges for a job well done. “It’s good to get the victories coming and to see the boys knowing how to finish well,” he stated. “We are now 8-4 and while this was not our strongest opposition, we have to continue building a good resume.”
It was too little too late as Vikings were resting their main starters in garbage time.
With Samuel virtually unstoppable with drives and layups, South Shore broke away on a 12-2 run to stretch their lead to 51-36 with 5.26 remaining in the game.
Head coach Marc Eugene subsequently ended Samuel’s night and with the reserves on, Paul Robeson added points to earn a respectable score line that did not reflect the true nature of Vikings superiority.
The Vikings next face East New York Transit Tech and having toppled them in their first encounter along with the recent scalps of top ranked Boys and Girls and George Westinghouse, the odds will be on Vikings side to make in four in a row.