The Grade 9 Vikes traveled to Kelowna this weekend to the Okanagon Mission Junior boys invitational.
They opened up against the home team in front of a packed gym, losing a tight defensive battle 20-15.
“The boys were a little nervous I would say, this is common for the first game of the season” said coach Mueller.
“We just didn’t execute the little things that we normally do”.
Jordan Wall, new to the vikes this year, had a break out game with an outstanding defensive performance, as well as capturing the game star award.
The Vikes second game was played against Rutland Secondary out of Kelowna. They jumped out to an early lead, but had a lapse in the third quarter which saw Rutland come storming back. It was a see-saw battle to the end which saw the Vikes dodge a last second shot for the one point victory 41-40.
“This is typical with young teams”, Mueller said, understanding game situations are very important in order to develop the consistancy needed to close out games. Becket Fawcett was chosen as the game star racking up nine points, seven rebounds and eight steals, while Kelton Mckey chipped in with 10 points.
In game three the vikes played against Similkameen out of Keromeos.
“This was a solid group of grade 10’s that we played,” said Mueller.
“We played a solid game for the most part with the exception of one lapse at the beginning of the fourth quarter, that saw Similkameen break the game open and eventually close it out by a score of 44-30. Game star, Dakota Clapperton lead the way with 10 points while Becket Fawcett put in another solid defensive effort, with 12 rebounds, three steals as well as chipping in with six points.
Game four, against LV Rogers out of Nelson was by far our most consistant game of the tournament. We found our shooting range, executed our offense and played with confidence through out the game. Braedon Bray was the games leading scorer with 16 while Dakota Clapperton contributed 15 points and seven rebounds. Becket Fawcett contributed six points and 10 rebounds. Other standouts included Caleb Wale, Kelton Mckey, Jordan Wall, and TC Chaisson. Over all a solid weekend for this young and up coming Viking squad.