By Jerry Del Priore
Though South Shore led the Railsplitters, 30-26, at half time, coach Shawn Mark said it didn’t play its best basketball during that time. So, he motivated his troops in the locker room, and prepared them for battle.
It worked, as the second half told a different story, with the Vikings (6-0) applying intense defensive pressure on their foes, forcing many Lincoln (1-4) miscues that led to several South Shore buckets and an eventual 72-55 win Tuesday night at home in PSAL Class AA action.
“We got to pick up the intensity no matter who we play,” Mark said of the team’s sluggish first half performance. “I think they were playing down to down to the competition today.”
While the Vikings are stacked with talent and are considered one of the frontrunners for the PSAL AA title, Mark isn’t thinking beyond the squad that’s before them at the moment.
“I’m taking it game by game; never get cocky,” he said. “We’re just going to handle every game the same way,” — with hard and smart play, of course.
South Shore, with contribution from a number of players, went on a unprecedented 16-0 run that gave them a 20-point lead with 2:44 left in the third. Dynamic senior guard Kadary Richmond scored six of the 16 points during the Vikings’ scoring output.
The third period ended with South Shore ahead by a score of 53-37. In the fourth quarter, though the Railsplitters played better, the Vikings refused to relent, even with its backups inserted into the tilt.
South Shore closed out the game without ever being in jeopardy of losing the contest.
Richmond posted 18 points, while senior guard Dwight Davis Jr. and six-foot-nine, 220-pound senior center Isaiah Richards, who’s verbally committed to Florida International University (FIU), chipped in with 16 and eight points, respectively.
The Vikings travel to Kentucky tomorrow to play a yet-to-be-determined non-league opponent in a hoops tournament. South Shore returns to PSAL play against AA opponent and host Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, January 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
Watch Dwight Davis Jr, Score a Bucket in the Video Below:
Watch Philpps Joseph Bang Home a Three-Ponter the corner.