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The Vikings enjoyed an early lead at 11-10 after one period but couldn't stand the prosperity to allow the advantage to quickly melt away as shot after shot by the Purple and Gold clad youngsters clanged off the rim from every angle imaginable.
The Vikings scored just one field goal in the second quarter to find themselves trailing 31-20 at the half.
"We simply could not buy a basket," Community coach Robbie Davis said. "I think we shot 15 percent from the field in the first half.
"It would be my guess that we could play 40 games this season and not be held to just 20 points in a half.
"We just could not have played more poorly on either side of the ball. We missed open men, didn't hit the boards, or box out, and could not get the ball in to our post after he sealed off and was wide open on numerous occasions.
"It was like we had a Thanksgiving letdown. We haven't played since last Tuesday. We were slow to the ball and tentative which is totally out of character for us."
Community (3-2, 0-1 9-A) scratched and crawled their way to within striking distance at 39-35 after three periods with Luke Primm heating up for a pair of 3-pointers and Taylor Paschal banging one home as well.
The Raiders, who hit just 3-of-9 free throws in the first half, went to the line 19 times in the final two quarters and hit 14 attempts to stave off the Vikings to close out the game.
The home team placed an impressive four players in double digits with Dillon davis leading the way with 14 points. Cole Boyce had 12 while JP Robinson and Dalton Barrier added 10 apiece.
Primm led all scorers with 19 points. Logan Pierce contributed 14.
Community continues to struggle from the line as they hit 13-of-22 shots.
"The good thing about basketball is that it is a tournament sport and we have a great group of guys," Davis said.
"They will bounce back and have a good week of practice. We will flush this one and get ready for our next opponent on Friday night."
Cascade invades Unionville in district action on Friday. Tip-off is slated for 7.
Moore Co. 10 21 8 21 -- 60
Community 11 9 15 20 -- 55
Moore Co.: Davis 14, Boyce 12, Barrier 12, Robinson 10, Harvey 6, J. Barrier 3, Nix 3, Noble 2, Farrar.
Community: Primm 19, Pierce 14, Paschal 9, Simmons 6, Fanning 5, Grissom 2, Parker, Frost, Broiles, Robey.
3-point goals: Community 8, Moore Co. 3.
Halftime score: MCHS 31, CHS 20.