Kangaroos Outrun Vikings In O.T. Win
In their marquee matchup against rivals Boys and Girls Kangaroos last Thursday, the Vikings dropped a crucial game they should have won, allowing the former team to exact revenge after losing their first encounter at the Flatlands Avenue school in November.
Abrilliant fourth quarter fight back by the Vikings was all in vain eventually as the home team rallied to pull off a 70-65 overtime win before an ecstatic crowd. Poor concentration from the free throw line resulted in the Vikings missing seven free throws at key periods, a flaw the Kangaroos did not exhibit.
“It was a game we should’ve won, I am disappointed we did not get the job done from the position we were at,” coach Mike Beckles stated.
Fine shooting and solid rebounding gave the Vikings a whopping 16 points to 0 streak that saw them take the lead for the first time in the game and sustain it to 51-46 with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. Power forward Wayne Martin started the run with two fine plays, beginning with a steal, then a block that culminated in five points, the latter from a three-point play after a foul was committed in the act of shooting.
Kadeem Grant banked in a layup to knot the score at 46-46 but it was downhill thereafter for the Vikings as Boys and Girls star player Leroy “Truck” Fludd lived up to his reputation by leading his team’s comeback. He reeled off four points in quick succession to tie the score at 53-53 from two free throws and a layup after Vikings’Shamiek Sheppard wasted two freebies that would’ve sustained their lead when ahead at 51- 49.
Tyliek Kimbrough followed up on Fludd’s lead by hitting two more free throws to take the game into overtime at 55-55 after Martin’s put back almost clinched victory for the visiting team.
With Fludd leading the charge, Boys and Girls was a rejuvenated squad after the break and reeled off seven unanswered points immediately into the four added minutes to rush ahead at 62-55.
A brief flurry of points brought the Vikings back within two at 65-63 as Fludd fouled out, but Boys and Girls sharpshooter Courtney Solomon sank his fifth three-pointer to put the game beyond Vikings reach at 68-74.
“We have to make better decisions and understand time management,” Beckles lamented. “That is why we lost the game. It is a learning experience and we can only get better from here,” he added.
Solomon ended with 22 points while Fludd banked in 16 along with 12 rebounds. Martin top scored with 18 points for the Vikings, which slipped to eight wins and four losses in the competition after Thursday’s game.