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Vikes take well-earned win

Friday, December 21, 2012

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Luke Primm caps off a Viking possession with a quick move to the bucket for two. He piled up 11 points for the Vikings to help snap a seven-game skid.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Even though Christmas isn't until next week, the Community Vikings got an early present--a 75-50 win over the Webb Feet during night one of the Community Chrismas Classic, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.

"It feels good to get the win. Nobody has tried harder than the kids. When games got close and we were on this losing streak, they would press and we would take shots we shouldn't have," said Community coach Robbie Davis.

Just about everything went the Vikings' way, save a late first half scare when Webb was able to trim the lead down to six points.

Down 32-17, the Feet went on a 14-2 run to close the gap to just six points in the final four minutes of the first half. Chase Hullett got things going for Webb with one of his four triples.

From there, Webb did a good job drawing the fouls and getting to the line.

By the end of the first half, Webb had cut Community's lead to 34-28.

"We made a nice run. That was the first time this year we've really responded to a run like that," said Webb coach Jeff Mitchell.

"We kept putting them on the free throw line. They were 11-of-16 free throws in the first half. That's just too many fouls," Davis said.

Following the slump at the end of the first half where Community went nearly four minutes without a point, Davis challenged his team to come up with a response.

"I challenged them in the second half to go out and have fun--and they did," he said.

Even with Webb's late half surge, the Vikings took off in the second and posted another 24 points to their cause.

Webb tried to keep up, but just couldn't match the Vikes' pace.

Still, the Feet continued to feed Hullett the ball, and he continued his assault from the perimeter, banking three more trifectas for Webb in the third quarter alone.

While Webb saw the bulk of its scores from beyond the arc, Community spread out the attack. Zeke Grissom banked nine of his 14 points in the third, but saw some support from Simmons and Blake Fanning from inside the paint.

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Chase Hullett sets up the Webb offense from the top of the key. Hullett is beginning to emerge as one of the team leaders for the Feet. On Thursday, he banked a game-high 20 points.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
Even with all the offense working from the floor, Community still has some work to do from the line. The Vikings hit 9-of-17 attempts for 53 percent, while Webb turned in 12-of-19 tries for 63.

In the first half, the Feet landed 11-of-16 attempts from the charity stripe, but only went 1-for-2 in the last two quarters.

While Hullett led the Feet with 20, his teammate Branson Popp came up with several put backs and added 15 for Webb.

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Branson Popp charges the paint and pulls up for an easy two. He had 15 points against the Vikings, most of which came off offensive put backs.
(T-G Photo by Chris Siers)
With Hullett and Popp leading the way, Mitchell still feels his young team is searching for more with the younger players.

"We have to get stronger. We have to get tougher. It's going to take time," he said.

Mitchell did see some positives from Thursday night, though.

"I saw some things offensively that we haven't been seeing. Chase did a nice job. Branson did a nice job. Dapo (Omitowoju) and Robert (Windham) looked at the basket a little bit more tonight. We are seeing some progress in some areas," he said.

For Community, every player that scored hit double figures, with Tanner Simmons' 19 leading the way for the Purple and Gold.

"Tanner Simmons is huge for us. He is such a good basketball player. He's so unselfish that he passes up shots a lot. I told him that I wanted him to be a little more selfish on offense and that would open up stuff for the other guys," Davis said.

Zeke Grissom chimed in with 14, while Taylor Paschal and Luke Primm added 11 apiece. Tyler Cowan and Fanning also saw shots fall, netting 10 apiece.

Webb will be back in action this afternoon at 4:30 when the Feet will play Collinwood. Community, meanwhile, will look to make it two-straight before the Christmas holiday against Cornersville in the nightcap, scheduled for a 7:30 tipoff.

Webb 9 19 15 7 -- 50

Community 20 14 24 17 -- 75

Webb: Chase Hullett 20, Branson Popp 15, Rod Walsh 5, Robert Windham 4, Dapo Omitowoju 4, Shiro Burnette 2.

Community: Tanner Simmons 19, Zeke Grissom 14, Taylor Paschal 11, Luke Primm 11, Tyler Cowan 10, Blake Fanning 10.

3-Point goals: Community (6): Cowan 3, Paschal 3; Webb (4): Hullett 4.

Halftime score: Community 34, Webb 28.


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