The Vikings kept rolling this past Saturday afternoon as they glided to an easy victory over the Calhoun Colts 73-62. The Viking regulars put out their usual strong performances, but the "clear-cut" difference in this team's success over last year's team is the cohesive manner in which they battle. This team passes and plays defense with such great intensity that you'd think that the game was hanging in the balance at every turn. The truth is that this game was never really in doubt after the first period ended, but the Vikings never let up or gave the Colts an opportunity to score an upset. The Vikings jumped on the boards and converted passes early and often in order to negate second chance opportunities for the Colts.
The Viking defense kept the Colts at bay as they clogged up the paint with Phil Guillaume and Angelo Ferrucci grabbing the ensuing boards. The Colts rarely got good looks at the bucket, and when they did, invariably it was only one. The Vikings put up 26 points in the first quarter compared to 16 for the Colts. Pat Mulqueen and Ray Ross were the offensive juggernauts for Port as they dumped in 26 and 15 respectively. The Vikes got sharp screens down low and when there was nothing available for their big men they would kick it out to these perimeter shooters. Even when their outside scoring went into a drought, the Vikes went to their inside game as Ferrucci put in 11 points of his own.
The Vikings kept the pressure on in the second quarter as they outscored the Colts 15-12 bringing the halftime score to a healthy 41-28 lead for the hometown blue. As the third quarter started the Vikings didn't lose their intensity nor did they get overconfident as they continued to build their lead. With Port holding a 14-point lead midway through the third quarter, one exchange on defense witnessed both Pat Mulqueen and Erik Mandelkern diving for loose balls in the Calhoun backcourt. It seemed that every other rebound for Port resulted in a smooth transition up court that relied on little or no dribbling and an easy "two" for the Vikes.
With Ross hitting his floaters in the lane and Mandelkern gathering up loose balls and converting 12 points of his own, the Vikings set the pace for the fourth period. One classic example of transition offense witnessed Ferrucci grab a rebound, outlet to Ross at half court who waited for Ferrucci to trail the play as he hit him in the lane for another easy basket. That kind of offensive execution along with a staunch defense on double teams and the whole Port squad seeming to jump for every board and loose ball, the Colts mini-run in the fourth was easily quelled. The final score of 73-62 was actually closer than the game appeared, and with the varsity on a strong run at this point in the season Valley Stream Central may be in for more than they bargained when Port faces them on Jan. 8. Port's next home game is Jan. 16 versus East Meadow.