By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The first half was quite competitive for the Vikings of North Salem against a Springfield team that was 4-3 entering the game riding a two-game losing streak.
The Vikings were down one-point after the first quarter and were down 28-25 entering the third quarter as North Salem were looking for win number one of the season.
“This is a new North Salem team, we were taking smart shots and trusting in our defense is what got us going,” said Braden Vasquez.
In the second half however, two speed bumps in fouls and turnovers impeded and slowed the Vikings groove down a bit as the Millers pulled away for the 15-point, 61-48 victory
“We had Phavor (Swank) out with a couple of fouls, so he had to sit out,” said Vasquez. “So the key was unprotected. JD (Drioji) got a couple of fouls and that’s a shooter that’s out, but yeah it’s frustrating because we had these games but we can’t put up another 16 minutes.”
Swank had two first quarter points and Drioji had four points in the third quarter, but their presence has been big for North Salem so far this season as the Viks let another game slip away from their grasp Thursday morning.
Vasquez had 18 points while Tameron Hampton added another 10 points in the loss with one more game left in the Capital City Classic, awaiting the result from the Crook County-Stayton game to see who they are playing against Friday morning at 9am at Willamette University.
“We got to play like we have been in the first half of every game, but we got to play that for two halves because we can run on them, it’ll be a good game,” said Vasquez.
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