MABTON - The Mabton Vikings hosted White Swan Friday night in the Vike's season opener.
In a rough and physical basketball game, the Vikings prevailed, 71-63.
"They were really physical and we did a good job of attacking them all night long," Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood said.
The words attacking and physical sum up the action nicely as the Vikings went to the line 54 times, hitting 31 free throws. White Swan was 7 for 19.
The score was tied 10-10 after the first quarter when Mabton picked up their defense. "This helped us get a lead in the second quarter," Ledgerwood said.
A three point shot at the buzzer gave the Vikings a 28-21 lead going into halftime.
The Vikings never really looked back after that.
Ruben Mejia had a career high 17 points, 13 in the third quarter, while his brother Ricardo added 8. Alex Zavala put up 11 points.
"For the first game of the year it was pretty intense," Ledgerwood said. "White Swan brought a big crowd and it was pretty loud."
The Vikes struggled with rebounds and gave up 17 second chance points.
"We'll have to work on that but defensively we played pretty well," Ledgerwood added.
On Saturday the Vikings traveled to Moses Lake Christian. Mabton also won this game, by a score of 51-45.
The Vikes struggled early in the game and were down 22-12 in the second quarter. After a timeout the Vikings started playing better defense and closed the gap to 24-19 at halftime.
In the third quarter Mabton went on a 20-6 run and never looked back.
"Our defensive pressure allowed us some easy hoops on the other end," Ledgerwood explained.
"Moses Lake Christian is a big team and they can cause us some problems. We played well together and picked each other up when things were going bad."
Ledgerwood said if his team plays like they did then that will help them overcome a lot of things later on in the season.