The Orcas boys lost to Friday Harbor 54-38 in their first game in the 2016 NW District 1 2B Boys playoffs on Feb. 10.
The inter-island rivals were tied a game each during the regular season, but despite a “full velocity” game by both teams, the Vikings made too many mistakes against a tough opponent, according to Viking head coach Corey Wiscomb.
“Their size and down low presence definitely beat us on this match up, especially from their 6’6” senior,” said Wiscomb. “Despite our tremendous work ethic, they matched our effort and their size gave them an advantage that lead to too many offensive rebounds and second looks at the basket.”
In addition to losing the battle for the paint, the Vikings did not have their best scoring day.
“Overall it was a low output for our offense. They studied us well, and put a huge emphasis on limiting our transitional game. As would be expected in this match-up, the game never lost its intensity and was a battle from start to finish. After getting down by around 15 in the third quarter we just weren’t able to make all our shots and they did not make any mistakes.”
Orcas played its second play-off game, a do-or-die duel versus Concrete on Feb. 14. The Vikings won 102 to 58 with a half court buzzer shot by Grayson White.
The Lady Vikings lost their first game to the Wolverines 59-28 in the 2B Girls Playoffs at Friday Harbor High School on Feb. 10.
The Ladies had not beat the Wolverines this year and faced a team that they don’t match up well against, as Coach Gregg Sasan has stated from the start of the season. The Vikings played the Wolverines very strong in their last meeting, losing by less than 10 points, but Sasan acknowledged the Wolverines “got better.”
“The Wolverines are a long team, meaning they have tall players that can control a lot of space. Their height causes us a lot of problems from getting our shots off and especially rebounding. We had a very hard time rebounding and they converted a lot of their scoring from their own offensive rebounds.”
“Our girls played really tough, fast paced game, which is the personality of our team. We just could not do a lot with the ball once we got it past half court. We have some good shooters but their defense pushed us out pretty far. I am proud of the girls, they put their heart into it.”
The Lady Vikings then played Darrington on Feb. 12 at Sedro-Woolley High School, winning 47 to 36.
On Tuesday, Feb. 16 the girls will play Friday Harbor at 4:45 and the boys will take on La Conner. Both game are at the Sedro-Woolley High School. If either team wins, they will play again on Feb. 18 – the girls against La Conner and the boys against Friday Harbor. If they lose, then they are done with play-off games.