12/4/2012 2:05:00 PM Vikes beat Joe City Nov. 28, lose Fadda with ankle injury Williams Vikings defeat Joseph City Wildcats 63-57 in home opener, finish in fourth place in Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic tournament
Joaquin Salaz finger rolls a layup on a fast break against Seligman Nov. 29 during the Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Julian Zamorano drives the lane to score on the Antelopes. Ryan Williams/WGCN
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Williams Vikings (2-1) followed up their 63-57 home opening win against the Joseph City Wildcats (1-3) Nov. 28 with a fourth place finish in tournament play Nov. 29-Dec. 1 as host of the Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic.
Although, the win over Joseph City on Nov. 28 did come with some bad news for the Williams boys varsity basketball team. Senior Alessandro Fadda suffered a severe ankle injury and is expected to miss six weeks.
Without Fadda, the Vikings finished 2-2 in tournament play, defeating Joseph City and Seligman on Nov. 29, and then losing to one of the best teams in the state, Yuma Catholic 67-35 on Nov. 30. The Vikes' final game of tournament play was Dec. 1 against Needles (CA), a 53-34 loss.
"The final score against Needles is misleading, the game was much closer. We were down by 12, but fought back to within two," said Red McFerren, Williams boys head basketball coach. "I thought we could make a big run there and win, but then we got cold. We couldn't make a shot, we couldn't rebound, and nobody was moving underneath the basket, it was a long second half."
McFerren said his team was pushing too hard and too fast in the second half against Needles, taking too many wild shots without anybody down low to rebound. He said overall it was not a team effort.
A .500 finish in tournament play is not necessarily a bad thing, and McFerren said the positives they take away from the Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic are that they now have an additional four games of experience, they can learn from their mistakes, and they can continue to keep working as a team. He added they do need to work on scoring more though, especially with Fadda out for an extended amount of time.
"He's a solid ball player, he scores, he's athletic, and he's a legit outside threat," McFerren said, speaking about Fadda, the player they all refer to as 'Italy.' "He can put a couple baskets together at any time and keep us in games, we'll miss that."
Another positive to take away from the tournament, according to McFerren, is that the games do not count in the power points for Arizona state rankings. The head coach added that his team also now knows that they really need to work on and improve their rebounding.
Yuma Catholic took first place in the Williams Route 66 Holiday Classic; the team is now 5-0 on the season.
The Williams-Grand Canyon News went to print before the Vikings went to Joseph City Tuesday night to take on the Wildcats for the third time in six days. The next game for the Vikings is Saturday at 7 p.m. as they play host to the Seligman Antelopes (0-2).
The Williams Lady Vikings lost to Joseph City at home 70-13 on Nov. 28. The News went to print before their game at Joseph City Tuesday night. The Lady Vikes' next game is Saturday at home against the Seligman Antelopes at 5:30 p.m.