The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 6, 2012

Turnovers force Viking boys, girls to drop pair to Knights

TARBORO — ROCKY MOUNT – Turnovers and second chance opportunities forced the Tarboro Vikings on a downward spiral Wednesday night in Rocky Mount as they were defeated 75-61 by the Northern Nash Knights.

"We got out hustled and out manned is the bottom line," Tarboro head coach Craig Savage said. "That is the main two reasons we lost. We didn't play defense at all."

The defense or lack there of was the main downfall for the Vikings as they allowed the Knights to score 22 points on second chance shots.

"Our rebounding period is terrible and we have to get better at that," Savage said. "Everyone we have played has beat us on the boards."

Tarboro started out fast and took a 6-4 lead with 5:30 left in the first quarter and that was there only lead of the game. From that point on it was all Knights. Northern Nash went on 16-6 run to close out the quarter and led 20-12 after one.

The second quarter began just like the first one finished, all Knights. They started the quarter and put together a 11-4 run and took a 31-16 lead. That forced Savage to take a timeout with 4:05 left before halftime.

During the timeout, Savage, who was obviously frustrated in his teams performance, yelled and told his guys that they needed to pick it up or he would change things around.

Markese Clapp, who was in foul trouble much of the game, responded with a basket, which was the Vikings first one since the 6:26 mark of the quarter. Northern Nash then went on a 6-0 run before the Vikings would score another basket with 1:38 left before halftime. The Knights closed out the quarter on a 4-1 run and led 41-21 at halftime. Tarboro turned the ball over 14 times in the first half and forced the Knights to turn it over 10 times, but Northern Nash took advantage of the Viking miscues and turned them into points.

"I told my guys at halftime that we needed to play defense and box out," Savage said. "They just beat us all over the boards."

Tarboro came out in the third quarter and played with a lack of energy and the Knights continued to pound the boards and scored on second and third chance opportunities. The same thing continued in the fourth and the Vikings were unable to gain any momentum as the Knights were on cruise control.

Tarboro tuned the ball over 28 times in the game and the Knights had 18.

"We just can't continue to play like we played tonight," Savage said. "We are going to make some changes and adjustments to our team."

The changes that Savage was referring to was moving players around to different positions and letting some of the players try to step up and make things happen.

"We are going to work on drills in practice and make these guys work on rebounding the ball," Savage said. "We just have to do some things different because this isn't cutting it and I am not happy at all with our performances defensively."

Savage said the loss has forced him to think about things and he believes his team could have played better then what they played.

"You just can't win when you get pushed around and out hustled," Savage said. "You just can't win games like that."

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