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Vikings suffer frustrating loss at Eagleville

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tanner Simmons floats in for an easy layup against the Eagles on Tuesday night.
(T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones)
EAGLEVILLE -- It's amazing that Viking coach Robbie Davis has any hair left at all.

His team ran the gamut of frustration characterized with turnovers, both forced and unforced, missed layups, passes to players in the wrong color jersey, inopportune inbound passes, and shots that seemingly clanged like the proverbial brick on baskets that appeared to have lids on them in their dismal 43-38 loss to Eagleville on Tuesday night.

Other than that, they looked pretty good.

Eagleville led 10-5 after one rather lethargic period for both squads, but the second frame would bring a little excitement on both sides of the aisle.

Community woke from its self-induced slumber long enough to go on a 7-0 run and battle back into the game behind 3-pointers by Blake Fanning, Zeke Grissom and Taylor Paschal to trail by a slim 23-22 margin at the half.

They were never that close again despite a distinct height advantage at every position on the floor.

The second half was decidedly more one-sided than the score would indicate and belonged to Eagleville. The Eagles placed three players in double figures and repeatedly stripped the ball away from the Vikings with a very physical press before they could get it up the floor and into position offensively to take advantage of the size factor.

To add insult to injury, though they were far and away the less physical team, the Vikings were whistled for 13 fouls in the second half. In stark contrast, Eagleville was called for three. The home team cashed in on 11-of-15 attempts.

Chris Hale led the home team with 13. Darin Knox and John Posada tallied 11 each. Josh McCrary was right behind with nine points.

Community awaits Moore County on Friday night at 7:30.

Eagleville (58): Hale 13, Knox 11, Posada 11, McCray 9, Kelley 6, Jernigan 4, Rudd 2, Hawks 2.

Community (49): Fanning 13, Pierce 10, Paschal 9, Simmons 7, Grissom 5, Primm 5, Frost, Parker, Broiles, Pride.

3-point goals: Eagleville 6, Community 5.

Halftime score: Eagleville 23, Community 22.

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