Vikings switching up style of play

Vikings switching up style of play

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Vikings switching up style of play

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Ben Patrick’s teams at Delaware Christian and Marion Catholic averaged 84 points per game.

He wants it to be even more for Northridge as he takes over the Vikings.

“We want to play like we’re down 10 points with two minutes to go,” Patrick said. “It’s constant traps and pressure, and we’ll look to get it out and go. Twenty-five points a quarter is our goal, and the guys are really buying into that.”

Patrick likely will start seniors Caleb Crump (6-foot), Hayden Warner (5-11) and Sean Higgins (6-1), along with junior Matt Grindle (6-1) and explosive sophomore point guard Chad Campbell (5-10), whom he says plays more like a senior.

Grindle is a leader, Crump is an excellent shooter who plays good defense, and Higgins is a bruiser inside, Patrick said. He added Warner “doesn’t stop; he never seems to get tired.”

The other five players also will be key cogs in the run-and-gun attack: senior Brady Charles (6-4), juniors Eli Ketron (6-5), Chris Wilkoski (6-4) and Ryan Trimble (5-11) and sophomore backup point guard Gavin Shank (5-10).

“They’ll all play; we’re 10 deep,” Patrick said. “We’ll try to create more possessions than the opponent. They seem to enjoy it and there’s not a lazy guy in the bunch. It makes guys play hard. If a guy doesn’t, he stands out.

“A lot of it looks like chaos, but it’s structured chaos,” Patrick said. “We need to able to score in the half-court too so we can get into our press. We expect teams to go zone on us.”

The Vikings have established some lofty goals.

“Our first goal is to win the league,” Patrick said. “We want to take care of that, then worry about the tournament after that.”

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