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Vikings put together team effort in win over Eagles

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 1/10/22

UNIONVILLE —For several games during the 2021-22 basketball season, the Community Vikings have shown positive signs with leads during games, but have not been able to sustain their good play …

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Vikings put together team effort in win over Eagles

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UNIONVILLE —For several games during the 2021-22 basketball season, the Community Vikings have shown positive signs with leads during games, but have not been able to sustain their good play for four quarters.
Against the Eagleville Eagles Tuesday night, the Vikings were able to build on a 14-point halftime lead en route to a 64-41 win in a non-district contest.
"We've always shot ourselves in the foot all year by missing easy shots or throwing the ball away, but all in all, I thought the guys tonight as a group put it together," Coach Robbie Davis of the Vikings said.
After the Eagles scored the first two points of the game, Community (6-10) took control. 
Stratton Lovvorn had 10 points and Maki Fleming added five as the Vikings went on a 13-0 run to take a 13-2 lead. 
With the help of a swarming defense that created Eagle turnovers, the Vikings increased their lead to 18-3 and ended the first quarter with a 22-10 advantage.
While Lovvorn and Fleming cooled off scoring-wise in the second quarter, it was Tyler Broiles who picked up the slack. 
The senior scored seven points as the Vikings outscored Eagleville 11-9 and took a 33-19 lead into halftime.
Corey Paterick came off the bench with two treys as the Vikings kept up the pressure in the third quarter. 
Lovvorn and Fleming each added four points as Community took its biggest lead at 49-26 and ended the quarter with a 49-31 lead.
The Eagles made a brief run and cut the Viking lead to 52-39 with 5:13 remaining in the final quarter before Fleming and the Community defense took over.
Fleming scored 11 consecutive Viking points as Community increased its lead.  Meanwhile, the Viking defense held the Eagles scoreless for the final four minutes as Community ended the game on an 8-0 run to match its largest lead of the contest.        
Fleming scored 22 points and Lovvorn added 18 to pace the Vikings.
Keydon Bassham and C.J. Goers each scored 10 points to lead Eagleville.
The Vikings were an impressive 19-of-24 at the foul line while the Eagles were 12-of-20.
"We've had some really good practices Saturday and Sunday, and the guys came in early on their own and worked," Davis said.  "This group has a chance going forward to really improve as a basketball team."
 "I told them when we left Watertown, the season that's important begins in January," Davis added. "They really took that to heart."
"I told them tonight like's treat this like a district game and have the mindset that this is a district game," Davis said.   
The Vikings were slated to open District 7-AA play Friday night with a home game against Cascade, but that game was postponed due to inclement weather. 
                              
Eagleville      10   9  12 10 — 41
Community   22 11 16  15 — 64
 
Eagleville: Keydon Bassham 10, C. J. Goers 10, Brady Burns 8, Rhett Deaton 4, Jordan Reed 3, Grey Barker 4, Hagen Bugg 2, Cason Lamb, Grant Womack, Noah Lilly, Jameson Spann.
Community: Maki Fleming 22, Stratton Lovvorn 18, Jacob Flannagan 6, Emery Smith, Cole Crockett, Trace Broiles 7, Corey Paterick 6, Noah Newkirk 3, Jason Cullum 2, Ramon Hernandez, Dallas Grooms, Landon Lovvorn, Gunnar McGowan, Sawyer Fults.
3-Point goals: Eagleville (3): Goers 2, Reed; Community (5): Lovvorn 2, Paterick 2, Broiles.
Halftime score: Community 33, Eagleville 19.   

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