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Vikings find strong, weak points at jamboree

MABTON - The Mabton High School boys basketball team took the court last night against Ki-Be and Liberty Christian in its jamboree.

The Vikings JV and varsity teams each played two, five minute quarters but their scores were not combined and each game was considered separate.

In the first game against Ki-Be, Mabton came out strong and took an 8-4 lead after one quarter.

"I thought we played very good defense," Mabton Coach Brock Ledgerwood said.

Ledgerwood said one of the team's goals this year is to step up their defensive effort and increase the pressure because the Vikings lack size this year.

"Offensively we did a good job of being patient and we were aggressive at the basket when the opportunity arose," he said.

The Vikings finished Ki-Be off in the second quarter, winning the game 17-10.

Andy Rodriguez had 8 points for the Vikes and Eric Tellez added 4. "Andy did a good job on the floor leading the team," Ledgerwood added.

In the second game against Liberty Christian, the Vikes let their size be a factor as they lost 18-7 to the much bigger team.

"We just didn't come out ready to play," Ledgerwood said. "It was 6-0 before we knew it."

The Vikes were flat and got frustrated because they couldn't score. "Liberty Christian played an aggressive zone and we couldn't get inside," explained Ledgerwood. "We didn't go to the basket strong like in the first game. We tried to go around them instead of at them."

The Mejia twins, Ricardo and Ruben, scored all of the Viking's points. Ricardo put in 5 and his brother added the other 2.

The coach summed up Mabton's performance as encouraging.

"We have a long way to go," he said. "We played hard and did some good things but we need to shoot our free throws better. We were pretty poor last night."

He stressed the team needs to learn from their mistakes and not hang their heads. "We need to learn and move on."

Mabton starts their season this Friday, playing White Swan at home in a non-league game. On Saturday they travel to Moses Lake Christian in another non-league match-up.

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