Niles traveled north for split squad games against rival, Lakeshore.
Game 1 – 6 of the Vikings Squad played the Lancer B team. It was a close back and forth game that had to be decided in overtime with a final score of 51-48. 3 Vikings broke the 10 point century mark – Aydan McCarey (19), Riley Cowan (10), and Soriano Danzy (10).
“Overall, I was very pleased with these young men. I loved their energy and passion that they played with. They went into the game knowing they would play the whole game against a full squad. Offensively, they took advantage of getting into the paint as well as shooting the long ball. Defensively, we continue to improve on communicating and working as a unit. It was fun to see 5 guys score 51 points and finish the game strong.”
Game 2 – Niles came in ready to play a very skilled A team. We have been looking forward to this rematch since the season started. Niles struggled out of the gate with foul trouble. As a result, it slowed down our press and negatively impacted our offensive flow. We made some key adjustments at half. We decided to use a zone defense to slow down their highly effective offense. This turned to be very effective as we outscored them in the second half, 32-25. 8 of 9 Vikings filled the score sheet led by Paul Hess (12), Dane Asmus (9), Sam Rucker (8), and Torriano Anderson (7).
“I could not be more proud of this group of young men. They fought through adversity and worked tirelessly to make the key adjustments for us to attempt to come back. The teamwork that was needed to make the halftime adjustments was admirable. Each one played a vital role – total team effort. We have a lot of positives that we can take away from this game. Their passion and determination is never in question with these guys. I loved how much we supported each other throughout both games – the A team cheering loudly on the bench for the B team and vice versa. We truly are a family that loves and cares for one another. We will continue to improve each and every day on and off the court.”