56-43 win advances Vikings to next round

Vikings face Burke High School on March 4
By Matthew Bernat | Mar 02, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Senior guard Ashantay Tavares boxes out a Coyle & Cassidy player. The Vikings defeated the Warriors in the first round game of the state tournament on Thursday.

Defending against the Wareham Vikings has been a demanding task this season, as Coyle & Cassidy High School discovered on Thursday.

Though Coyle & Cassidy had a size advantage, the Vikings hounded the Warriors – forcing turnovers, making steals and pressing their opponents at key moments – for a definitive, if somewhat scrappy, victory.

Wareham won 56-43 at Wareham High School in the first game of the Division 3 state basketball tournament. It must have felt a bit like coming home after being shut out of last year’s tournament, an uncharacteristic fate for a team used to dominating the South Coast Conference: year, after year, after year.

Thursday’s match proved to be three quarters of frantic basketball until the Vikings took control in the final quarter. A “three-for-three” moment came when senior guard Ashantay Tavares (No. 3) hit a trey to put the Vikings up 49-39 with 1:30 left in the game.

In fact, at times it appeared the Vikings couldn’t miss. In the third quarter, junior forward Jahmal Silva fought off two Warrior defenders, finding the rim despite being heavily boxed in. Moments later, senior forward Jovahn Thomas made a dramatic, off balance shot to put Wareham ahead 30-22.

There isn’t much time for the Vikings to enjoy the victory. The team returns to the court on Saturday, March 4 at 1 p.m. for the tournament’s semi-final game, to be played at Wareham High School. The Vikings will face Burke High School of Boston.

Comments (2)
Posted by: cranapple | Mar 03, 2017 05:25

Let's go Vikings!

Posted by: barnstorm | Mar 03, 2017 07:51

Glad to see Sims injury late in 4th Qtr. was only a leg cramp. That Jr. guard is playing outstanding basketball this season. Jovahn Thomas and team are fun to watch. Coach Faniel has turned this thing around in just one season. He's got the kids playing uptempo and unselfish basketball. Saturday vs. Burke will be another great match-up! Come out and support the team......nothing like great high school hoops!!

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