The Northeast Vikings had a tough go of it on Tuesday, December 19 as they welcomed the John Bartram Braves into their spacious, but dark, gym. Never really able to gather themselves on offense, the Vikings fell behind early and were unable to catch up or close the gap enough to get a victory. The game ended with a final score of 56-37.
The Braves have a talented squad that features Tyrae Green, the first cousin of Quade Green, who had a fantastic scholastic career at Neumann-Goretti over the last four years and now applies his craft at University of Kentucky. Tyrae Green, a senior, is opening some eyes for himself this season after a bit of a checkered underclass performance. He stands at 6’2” with a smooth game and fluid delivery on his jump shots. He backs it up with a nice handle and plays a team game. He played for the Mighty Elephants of Math Civics & Sciences High School his junior year, 2015-2016.
Green ended with 24 solid points and was complemented by teammates Ali Sherif, a 6’7” senior forward center that put up 11 points and some important rebounds, along with good defense, and Dahmir Fowlkes, who chipped in with nine. Also showing good work in this tilt were sixth man Donte Dupriest, 6’3” shooter Khyree Lloyd and 6’3” sophomore forward Dmaio Massey, a second year varsity forward.
Northeast has had a tough time generating offense this season early on. They have a number of quality athletes who have to get used to playing together as a team. Their attempts are quite often rather frenetic and helter-skelter. If they can learn to slow down a little on opportunities, and stick to the fundamentals being drilled in practices by solid young head coach Steven Novosel, they will start to build up the points and have more chances at some wins. Some strong defense was provided by Deshawn McCarthy late in the game, but not enough to overcome Bartram’s scoring.
The Vikings are led by senior 6’3” guard forward Walter Dempsey, a talented two-way player. Sophomore Shaquil Bender, at 6’1”, has shown promise. Khalil Canara, a 6’2” sophomore guard, has the potential to put up some numbers. Also expected to contribute are junior David King III and 6’4” junior Aaron Moore.