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The Community Vikings have started the season in a bit of a slump, not from lack of effort, and certainly not because their roster is not as competitive as any in the area, but they simply aren't getting a break whether from unforgiving rims, slips, trips, or falls with no one there, missed dunks, or whistles that could have been blown in their favor but weren't to change complexion of games.
All of the above were evident in a very disappointing 44-42 loss to District 9-A opponent MTCS on Tuesday night but through it all there is one shining light.
The bad news is that the loss makes the Vikings 0-3 in district play; the good news is that the breaks will come their way and the shots will begin to fall.
"Basketball is a tournament sport and the idea is to be playing at our peak in February." Viking coach Robbie Davis said.
"This group of kids are not going to hang their heads. They will keep their chins up, support one another and work twice as hard in the gym to correct some of the things that we keep shooting ourselves in the foot with the past couple of weeks.
"I am not upset at all with our effort. Nobody is more disappointed than the kids right now but they will bounce back and be a better team going forward."
MTCS led 14-11 after one period before Community put the brakes on defensively to pull out to a 25-20 advantage at the break.
The Vikings maintained the lead throughout the third period to enjoy a 36-33 margin going into the fourth period.
The final minutes saw four lead changes before it appeared that Community would take the lead inside two minutes when Luke Primm handily beat his man and took the ball into the lane for a wide open lay up.
Primm's shot went awry when he was grabbed by the wrist and possession was awarded to the home team despite vehement protests from the visiting crowd.
The momentum quickly swung to the home team and they were able to hold on for the win.
Derrick Spears was good for 13 points despite being held to just one field goal in the game. He hit 11-of-17 free throws.
Blake Fanning netted 11 for the Vikings.
Community takes to the road to play Fayetteville on Friday night at 7.
MTCS 44: Spears 13, Hageman 9, Capps 8, Brown 8, Crear 2, Winn 2, Peck 2, Siler, Howell.
CHS 42: Fanning 11, Primm 8, Simmons 6, Grissom 5, Parker 5, Frost 3, Paschal 2, Pierce 2.
3-point goal: CHS 2, MTCS 2.
Halftime: CHS 25, MTCS 20.