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The Vikings have been playing very well this season, evidenced by their success in the pre-season tournaments and in their first few games of this conference season. They nearly pulled off a "double dip" on the road as they easily manhandled, Valley Stream Central, 70-51, but just fell short at Elmont, 61-58. Port's standard bearers kept the team moving swiftly against VS Central as they got off to a big lead in the second period and never turned back. Valley Stream put up a strong fight early as they matched the Vikes to a near even first period score as they were only behind 17-15 when it came to a close. The Vikes got their game in high gear in the second period with their usual contributors: Mandelkern, Ross, Ferrucci, Mulqueen and James.

Ferrucci made his presence in the middle known as he dropped in 13 points and kept the VS offense at bay with his play in the paint. Mandelkern was strong from the wing as he added a team-high 16 points, and Mulqueen and Ross gave the perimeter its usual dusting by scoring 11 and 12 points respectively. Valley Stream tried to stay with the Vikings, but Port's transition play was too fluid for them. They ran away in the second period with a 17-7 drubbing, and they went into halftime with a comfortable 34-22 advantage. Valley Stream tried to play catch-up in the second half, but with the board play of Guillaume, the floaters from James (who scored 9) and their hard-nosed defense the Vikings would simply not let up.

The Vikings were able to move swiftly because their supporting cast off the bench gave them adequate rest. Levy, Rosenberg, and Moran dished in buckets of their own and kept the swarm on as the Vikings won going away in hostile territory. Unfortunately they couldn't maintain their road excellence on Friday as a strong effort by Elmont allowed them to push past Port in the fourth quarter and subsequently given a taste of their own medicine. The Vikings got the daily grind out of their big guns, Mulqueen, in particular came away with 19 points on the evening. Elmont would be able to counter Port's attack with their own version of a transition game that enabled them to nibble away at the Port lead in the last period with crowd support from their faithful, and an upset against the Vikings.

Elmont got off to a quick start in the first period as they held an 18-15 lead when the buzzer sounded. The Vikings got quickly back in the game with the mighty assistance of Ross, Mandelkern, Guillaume, and Ferrucci. Each contributed strongly off the dribble and hit the boards with tenacity every time down the court. The score was 30-all at the end of the half, and the Vikings felt they were in good position to steal one as they went up by five going into the last period. Elmont, however, got their game in gear and with the help of timely rolls, good free throw shooting and hitting the high percentage shots off of good outlets, they were able to outscore the Vikes by eight in the final period. The final score of 61-58 was disappointing but the Vikings will return to get some home cooking of their own on Wednesday the 16th against East Meadow and Friday the 18th against Farmingdale.


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