The Vikings picked up where they left off last season, with junior guard Sam Johnson scoring the first bucket in Monday’s opener, almost a year after scoring the final basket of last season.
On the road against Marshfield’s young Pirates line-up, the Vikings came in knowing they would have to shut down 6-foot-6-inch junior post Matt Woods. While Siuslaw made a solid effort in the first half, it wasn’t enough to keep the Pirates from carrying a 15-18 lead at halftime after the Viks went just 6-of-24 from the field in the half.
Marshfield ended the second period with an 11-2 run that included a steal and fastbreak dunk by Woods.
But coming back from the break, Siuslaw made some adjustments that increased pressure that effectively neutralized Woods, holding him to less than 10 points over the next two quarters after scoring 21 points in the first half.
Though the Pirates were the first to strike in the third period, it was also their last bucket of the quarter as Siuslaw went on an 18-2 rally. Jake Thompson was the first of five different Viks to score after pressing his way inside the paint and forcing his way to the rim. A steal from Johnson, the first of 12 Siuslaw steals in the half, led to a breakaway lay-up, followed by a basket and a foul shot from junior Mitchell Butler.
On the Pirates’ return, senior Ryan Smith got a steal, then sank a long three pointer to give Siuslaw its first lead, 28-27 with three minutes remaining in ther quarter.
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