Wareham Vikings advance to state semi-finals

ORR defeated 65-56
Mar 1, 2019

The Wareham Vikings bested the Old Rochester Bulldogs for the fourth time this season on Friday night with a final score of 65-56, securing their spot in the state playoff semi-finals next week.

“It was great team effort,” said Vikings Head Coach Steve Faniel. “Everyone on the court had a role to fulfill, and they did just that.”

The Vikings came into the sold-out quarter finals game against ORR hot, leading the Bulldogs 35-25 by the end of the first half.

The Bulldogs rallied their offense and tied the score 41-41 with less than two minutes remaining in the third quarter; but the comeback was short lived as Vikings quickly reclaimed their ten point lead.

Senior captain Taylor Carlson was the highest scoring player for the Vikings with 18 points. He had three 3-pointers. 

Darien Gibson, who scored two 3-pointers, was close behind at 15 points.

“Old Rochester knows how we play,” Faniel said. “So it’s a relief to wrap up this game and move onto an opponent who hasn’t see us yet.”

The Vikings recently snatched the small division South Coast Conference championship title from the Bulldogs on Feb. 15 with a score of 69-66.

The Vikings will now go on to play Burke High School on Monday, March 4. The game will take place at Taunton High School at 5:30 p.m