Runnin’ Vikes will shift the offense into high gear this season

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MOSES LAKE — There’s no one way to get it done in the game of basketball. But if the Big Bend Community College Runnin’ Vikes are going to be successful this season they’re going to have to, well run.

When your bigs are 6-foot-7, 6-6, pushing the ball up the floor and scoring on the transition is one way to counter size on the blocks and a set-up half court that pounds the ball inside.

The Runnin’ Vikes might not be the biggest team in the Northwest Athletic Conference, but they do intend to be the fittest and run the ball with calculated abandon.

“We’re pretty athletic, but we’re not dunking guys,” said long-time Big Bend coach Mingo Scott, who is in his first season as the head coach. “They’re more like a bunch of Spud Webb guys.”

Spud was one of the shortest guys in NBA history, but the 5-7 former Atlanta Hawk did win the Slam Dunk Contest in 1986, and Scott said they’re going to take a page out of that playbook and outwork everybody.

Mauricio Smith playes defense during practice this week - photo by Rodney Harwoord CBH

Mauricio Smith plays defense during practice this week – photo by Rodney Harwoord CBH

The Vikes will run. They will push the ball. They will pick the ball up on the in-bounds instead of waiting for it to come to them with the idea of taking teams out of their rhythm and hopefully produce points off the turnover.

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Rodney Harwood is a sports writer at the Columbia Basin Herald and can be reached at rharwood@columbiabasinherald.com