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Vikings sputter in loss to Tigers

By RICKEY CLARDY ~ Sports Writer
Posted 12/3/21

UNIONVILLE — The Community Vikings could not get over the hump as the Central Magnet Tigers kept their lead throughout most of the game and defeated the Vikings 63-50 in a basketball contest …

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UNIONVILLE — The Community Vikings could not get over the hump as the Central Magnet Tigers kept their lead throughout most of the game and defeated the Vikings 63-50 in a basketball contest Thursday night.
A Stratton Lovvorn three-pointer gave Community (2-4) a 3-0 lead nine seconds into the game, but it was the only lead the Vikings would enjoy. 
Jacob Flannagan led the Vikings with five points as the Tigers scored the final five points to take a 17-11 advantage after one quarter.
Lovvorn led the way with eight points as Community stayed close in the second quarter. 
Central Magnet led 27-17 before the Vikings scored the final four points to narrow the Tiger lead to 30-26 at the half.
Maki Fleming connected on a trey as the Vikings trailed 31-29 with 5:43 left in the third quarter, but the Tigers rebounded with five straight points and took a 42-37 lead to the final quarter.
A Viking cold spell that lasted almost five minutes allowed Central Magnet to take a 50-37 lead with 3:52 remaining in the game. 
Led by seven points from Lovvorn, Community cut the Tiger lead to nine, but could not get closer as the Tigers took the win.
Mason Brown scored 15 points to lead three Tigers in double figures. 
Elijah Conard added 13 points while Kyle Messerly had 12.
Lovvorn led all scorers with 21 points for the Vikings.
Central Magnet was 15-of-21 from the free throw line with 12 of its attempts coming in the fourth quarter as the Vikings were forced to foul.  Community finished 1-of-3 from the stripe.
“Our struggles are real," Coach Robbie Davis of the Vikings said. "We can't execute a game plan."
"We go over stuff in practice and then we go over it in walkthrough, and for some reason we show up on game night and it's not there," Davis added.
"We shot three free throws for the entire game and Magnet shot 21," Davis said. "That says to me that they were the aggressor."
"They attacked the basket and went and got offensive rebounds and got putbacks and we did not," Davis added.
"There's the game and that's how you lose by 13."           
Community went to Eagleville Friday and will travel to Huntland Tuesday night for a 7:30 p.m. game.
 
Central Magnet   17  13  12  21 — 63
Community         11  15  11  13 — 50
 
Central Magnet: Mason Brown 15, Elijah Conard 13, Jake Maddox 6, Sebastian Carmona 2, Alex Perry, Kyle Messerly 12, Mclane Martin 6, Isaac Smith 5, Will Becker 4, Alec Ingraham.
Community: Stratton Lovvorn 21, Maki Fleming 8, Jacob Flannagan 7, Cole Crockett 5, Trace Broiles 4, Corey Paterick 3, Noah Newkirk 2, Jason Cullum, Gunnar McGowan, Ramon Hernandez, Dallas Grooms.
3-Point goals: Central Magnet (6): Brown 3, Conard, Messerly, Maddox; Community (5): Lovvorn 3, Crockett, Paterick.
Halftime score: Central Magnet 30, Community 26.

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