Vikes pull away for close victory

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Grayson Garrette nails a fade away in the second half. Garrette led the Vikings in scoring on Tuesday night. ​ (T-G Photo by Brett Turner)

The Community Middle Vikings trailed at the half on Tuesday night, but a strong second half led them to a 34-29 victory over the Fayetteville Tigers.

The Community Vikings found themselves in a defensive struggle on Tuesday night as neither team could find the basket early.

The Vikings jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first, but an offensive drought put the Tigers back in it as the teams were tied 9-9 after one.

Team play

Despite giving up the lead, Community's offense was playing team ball. Five Vikings scored in the first quarter.

While the first quarter had sparks of life for both teams the second quarter was all about sparks on defense.

The two teams scored six points combined in the second as Community went into the locker room down 14-12 at the half.

Tied up

When the third quarter started the Vikings quickly tied things up. With things knotted up at 16 Alex Mitchell scored his first points of the night, a three-pointer from the top of the key.

The 3 gave Community their first lead since the first quarter, and a lead they would not give up.

Moments after the three the Vikings went on a 6-0 run to give them a 26-20 lead early in the fourth.

On the move

The Tigers tried to rally back, but the Community offense had finally found its groove, scoring 12 points in the fourth, totaling all the points it had in the first two quarters combined.

The 22 second-half points were enough to complete the second half comeback, giving the Vikings a hard fought 34-29 victory.

Grayson Garrette led the way for the Vikings with six points.

Tyrese Eady followed him with five, all of which came in the fourth quarter.

Fayetteville 9 4 6 9 -- 29

Community 9 2 10 12 -- 34