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The Vikings out-gunned the East Meadow Jets, 50-43 on Tuesday, the 9th to even Port's conference record at one. The varsity club utilized an effective passing game that kept East Meadow's squad off-balance and unprepared to handle the fast break. When the Jets adjusted, the Vikings kicked the ball out to their three-point guns, Pat Mulqueen (high scorer with 19) and Ray Ross. Strong board play by Phil Guillaume and Angelo Ferrucci gave the Vikings second shot opportunities that they needed to silence a hostile East Meadow crowd. Although the game began much like a dogfight with each team jockeying for position, when Port got its offense rolling East Meadow was left in the dust.

The Vikings began by establishing a good post-up offense to their big men in the first quarter. Port's problem was their inability to take advantage of early Jet fouls as they missed four free throws in the first period alone. Mulqueen established his range with two early threes and Ferrucci made his presence known with two early put backs on Port misses. The Vikings didn't look crisp in their early transition game in the early going, but they made up for in hustle what they may have lacked in finesse. They managed to beat the press each time that East Meadow applied it, but it wasn't until the second quarter that the Vikings could develop any momentum.

Port began with an 8-0 run in the opening 90 seconds on threes by Ross and Mulqueen, but most of their offense lay dormant throughout the rest of the period. The Viking defense picked up the slack by establishing a pressure defense that forced errant passes and turnovers by the Jets. Ferrucci remained a force in the middle by hitting short range bank shots, which caused the Jets to alter their defensive scheme down below the boards. The Jets couldn't stay in rhythm offensively and the half-time score saw the Vikings build a 30-22 lead that provided a mood of confidence after a somewhat unstable second quarter.

The third quarter looked like an exercise in futility as both teams forced in bound passes and chased loose balls as if it were a practice drill. Both offenses were anemic as neither team was able to properly set up an effective passing route into high percentage shooting opportunities. The fourth quarter however saw the Vikings take control with good interior passing and a couple of buckets by Ross. Port dominated the boards at both ends with Guillaume and Ferrucci each pulling down eight for the game and Mulqueen hit another three (giving him five for the game) to give the Vikings a 12-point lead and an icing of the game. The Jets would later hit a couple of threes but they couldn't stand up to what would be a seven-point victory for Port.


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