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Vikes win a wild one

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Community senior Zeke Grissom scores the winning basket in the final seconds against the Bulldogs on Tuesday evening in Unionville.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
If the Community Vikings' opening home game is any indicator of how the season is going to unfold, they may want to station some first responders in strategic places in Roger K. Brothers Gym.

Community (3-1) and visiting Columbia Academy played to a draw, with each team holding the lead at various points, until senior Zeke Grissom scored on a twisting, turning drive in the lane with just 8 seconds left to give his team a thrilling 69-67 win Tuesday night.

Threat halted

Grissom's drive put an end to seven unanswered points by the challengers in the final minute to erase what appeared to be an insurmountable margin with the Vikings in the spread offense and killing the clock.

However, the lead dissipated in the most improbable manner imaginable when in a rather bizarre sequence of events, Logan Pierce was called for a technical foul after diving for a loose ball and sliding several feet on his face and upper body.

He then hopped up holding his shoulder and the foul was called, leading to four free throws and possession for the visitors.

The Bulldogs made good on all their chances to tie the game before Grissom's heroics ended the madness.

Junior forward Tanner Simmons soars for two in the Vikings' win against Columbia Academy.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
Leaders step up

The Viking defense did the rest to close out the win for a frazzled home crowd.

"This game right here showed our junior and senior leadership," Viking coach Robbie Davis said. "This was a hard fought win. We were down early but our kids just went to work and persevered.

"When the game got tough and we were out of timeouts, and their guys threw up some Hail Mary type 3-pointers that went in keeping them in the game, our kids just stepped up and took care of business.

"It is a good way to go into the holiday break."

Key Parker shots

The Bulldogs built a 17-13 lead after one period and led at intermission 32-28 before the Vikings righted the ship behind two key three-pointers by J.D. Parker to lead 50-45 to begin the final stanza.

CA went to the line 29 times and made good on 16 attempts.

In stark contrast, the Vikings managed 10 trips to the line and hit a dismal four shots.

Community will now take a short break before starting district play by traveling to Moore County next Tuesday at 7:30.

CHS 13 15 22 19--69

CA 17 15 13 22--67

CA (67)--Golden 20, H Cary 16, Savankham 10, Logsdon 8, J Cary 7, Thompson 6, Harris, Garretson, Holmes.

CHS (69)--Fanning 22, Primm 10, Simmons 10, Parker 8, Grissom 8, Pierce 6, Frost 5, Cowan, Broiles, Robey.

Halftime--CA 32, CHS 28.

3-point plays--CA 5, CHS 5.

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