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Gladiators slay the Vikings 45-39
Gladiators slay the Vikings 45-39

St. Petersburg, Florida -- In a re-match of a recent holiday tournament, the Gibbs Gladiators were out for some revenge Friday as they played host to the Northeast Vikings.  And at first glance, the game between these two should not have even been close with the massive size advantage that Gibbs had.

However, you should never judge a book by its cover as the undersized Northeast squad sure gave Gibbs a run for their money.  For most of the game, Northeast played to their strengths and did a great job of moving the ball and spacing the floor. The Vikings also appeared to run circles around the Gibbs with their constant hustle.

In the first quarter, it was a really low scoring as both teams only combined to score 13 points. Northeast held the upper hand 8-5, but Gibbs was able to score just before time expired to make it a 3 point ball game. 

In the second quarter, the defensive battle continued as both teams only managed to score a total of 13 points for the second straight quarter.  At this point, it looked like Northeast might be able to squeak by a much taller team as they took a 15-11 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the half, Gibbs finally played up to their potential and used their size to rattle off a handful of quick baskets.  Northeast also increased their offensive production this quarter but they were outscored 23-12 in the 3rd quarter to take a 34-27 lead into the 4th.

In the game's final quarter, both teams were almost deadlocked going basket for basket, but every time Northeast looked to make a run, the Gladiators were able to get some easy buckets down low in the post to maintain their lead.  As the game wound down, Northeast missed a few free throws, allowing Gibbs to hang on for a 45-39 victory.

The leading scores for the victorious Gladiators were from Quincy Ford, who led the way for Gibbs with 16 points. Teammate Gary Simon was not far behind with 15 points of his own.

Northeast, meanwhile, was led by Senior Andres Sanchez, who was able to do it all with a 24-point performance.  Sanchez was really feeling it from behind the arc as well as driving to the hole at will.

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