Big third quarter enough for Cyclones

Katie Brickman
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Vikings hold tough against taller Central team

Charlie MacDonald of the Central Cyclones tries to block a layup attempt by Matt Morris of the Vanier Vikings during senior boys basketball action on Tuesday evening. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

Despite missing three of their regular starters, the Vanier Vikings didn’t back down from an intimidating Central Cyclones team.

The Vikings trailed after each quarter and lost 66-41 in senior boys basketball action on Tuesday evening, but they didn’t quit and continued to pressure the Cyclones on each possession.

“It was a good fight. I was happy that they fought to the end. That is what I wanted out of us,” said Vanier’s coach David Tardif. “We came into this with a short bench, we had three injured guys. It kind of showed, but the guys we had did show up. We look forward to the next time we play these guys.”

The Cyclones seemed to start off a bit slow in the first half, only ahead by 13 points at the half way point, but then exploded in the third quarter for 25 points and only allowing eight points from the Vikings.

“We played very well in the third quarter and we played finally played some good defence, but then our guys kind of lost focus,” said Cyclones’ coach Leigh Pethick. “They had some guys missing…three of their starters. So, it could be a different game the next time we see them.”

During that third quarter, the Cyclones ran a full-court press that the Vikings had difficulties breaking, which was the difference maker as Central was able to break open the game.

“Their press was very good and it took us a little time to figure it out. It is obviously something we have to work on. It was our first time we have ever been pressed and that was an eye-opener,” explained Tardif. “That third quarter really slowed us down. It was just that one quarter that made a difference.”

The Vikings held the Cyclones to 10 points in the final quarter as they put in a full-court press that Central had some difficulty breaking as well.

“It was very sloppy and Vanier exposed a lot of weaknesses that we have in regards to ball handling and zone offence. It was good at this time of the season…you want to find out,” stated Pethick. “It is a good test that you have to play for 40 minutes.”

For more on this story, read an upcoming edition of the Times-Herald.

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