Jan 23rd, 2005 @ 6:58 pm | Author: Kory Foss, Vikings Sports News
VALLEY CITY, ND – Saturday brought another tough DAC-10 battle for the Valley City State Men’s Basketball team, and it also brought on another difficult defeat, this time by the score of 71-83 at the hands of Si Tanka University. For the second time is as many nights the Vikings hung tough at home with a DAC-10 opponent only to see the game slip out of reach in the waning moments.
Saturday night’s game was a back and forth contest for most of the first half as both the Vikings (11-10, 3-8) and Screaming Eagles (6-14, 5-5) tried to push the ball underneath the basket instead of settling for outside jump shots. Viking Senior Matt Klabo earned back-to-back hard fought baskets under the hoop to give Valley City State an early lead at 13-8 with just over 13:00 minutes left in the first half.
The lead switched hands several times the rest of the half with Si Tanka gaining its first lead when Freshmen Tyrus Hankerson threw an alley-op pass that Sophomore Chris Porter threw down for a dunk and a 26-25 advantage with 6:40 to go before the break. A three pointer by Screaming Eagles Sophomore Forward Dontrel Robinson gave Si Tanka a 42-37 lead which is where the score stood entering halftime.
The second half started out much like the first with the Vikings and Screaming Eagles trading baskets most of the way, but a 5-0 run by Si Tanka five minutes into the half helped them to build a nine point lead at 53-44. Valley City State spent the rest of the half trying to get back within striking distance and did so after a Tyrone Terry lay-in and Steve Trudeau three pointer which cut the deficit to just one point at 66-67 with six minutes left to play.
Terry hit another huge shot a minute later to make the score 72-71 in favor of the Screaming Eagles but that was as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the way as Si Tanka pulled away down the stretch hitting key jumpers and free throws to bring the final score to 83-71.
The Screaming Eagles shot 50% from the floor in the game and were led Junior Manuel Guzman’s 17 points and seven rebounds in only 19 minutes. Porter and Hankerson both did their part with 13 points a piece in the Si Tanka victory.
Valley City State was paced by Trudeau who dropped in 14 points along with teammate Terry who added 12 points of his own. The Vikings shot well from the line in going 14 of 16 but failed to convert on a three pointer in the first half and went 5 for 19 in the game from beyond the arch. The Vikings next game is next Friday evening in Bismarck against DAC-10 foe The University of Mary.