Feb 11th, 2005 @ 3:16 pm | Author: Kory Foss, Vikings Sports News
VALLEY CITY, ND - Apparently playing with their season on the line suits the Valley City State Men’s Basketball team just fine. With their backs against the wall the Vikings came away with their third big conference victory in a row, this time against arch rival Mayville State, with a 78-63 victory Thursday night at the Osmon Fieldhouse.
Needing some big wins in their final three games of the season to qualify for the DAC-10 tournament, the Vikings took care of business against the Comets with an incredibly balanced offensive attack. Five Vikings, including three seniors playing in their final home game at the Osmon Fieldhouse, scored in double-figures on the night.
The victory did not come easy though as the two teams battled back and forth throughout the first half. It was shot for shot between the Vikings and Comets for most of the way as the lead changed hands ten times, but the Vikings were able to use a 10-0 run in the final four minutes of the half to grab a commanding 36-27 lead heading into the break.
The second half started out much like the first, with each team trading shots for the first five minutes, but the Vikings used good ball movement on offense and a few whistle happy refs to grab a 50-38 lead with 12:20 to play. The Comets quickly pulled back to within five points of the Vikings though, as Gilby Sanchez and John Feggo IV made back to back three pointers to cut the deficit to 45-50 with 11 minutes to go.
That was as close at the Comets would get however, as the Vikings pressed the ball in the paint where they outscored Mayville 44-22. Vikings seniors Terrance Allen and Tyrone Terry made several nice plays underneath in the second half, but none as pretty as when Terry drove and dished to Allen for a dunk and an exclamation point on the Viking victory, making the score 75-61 in favor of VCSU with 1:30 to play. The Vikings put the game away at the line, where they shot 24 of 31 on the night, and as the crowd roared, VCSU walked off with a big conference win.
The Vikings were led offensively by Terry, fellow senior Matt Klabo and junior Brandon Bata who each scored 13 points on the night. Allen had a big night as well, landing a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Brady Ernst added 10 points of his own.
Mayville State was led by Sanchez who scored a game high 20 points. Sanchez was the only Comet in double-figures as the Vikings held the DAC-10’s leading scorer, Alexandros Anthis, to just four points on the evening.
VCSU will have the weekend off before heading to South Dakota Tech and Black Hills State the following Friday and Saturday in two very important games to wrap up the regular season.