Viking Basketball Teams Drop Close Games at Clarke

Posted February 22, 2017


Marshall, Mo. (February 22, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s basketball teams traveled to Dubuque, Iowa for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Clarke (Iowa) University.  The Viking women’s team led through much of the game, but fell late, 94-91.  The Missouri Valley men’s team went back-and-forth with Clarke in the second half, but fell at the buzzer, 75-73.


Missouri Valley fell behind early, thanks to an early Clarke lay-up, but Senior Center Devan Swisegood (Salisbury, Mo.) tied the game up 20 seconds later with a two-point shot.  The Vikings took the lead when Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria) made a lay-up, but Clarke scored six-straight points to retake the lead at 8-4. The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes until a lay-up from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) was followed by a two-point field goal from Senior Forward Linsey Denney (Everton, Mo.) to tie the game at 14-14. Missouri Valley took a four-point lead with a pair of free throws from Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) but Clarke managed to fight back, and the first quarter ended with the teams tied, 23-23.


The second quarter began with four-straight points for Clarke, Missouri Valley scored its first points of the quarter when Ward made a two-point field goal. The teams traded baskets until McCoy hit a three-pointer minutes later to make the score 33-30 and bring the Vikings within three points of Clarke. Missouri Valley then took the lead when Junior Guard Anete Petersone (Marupe, Latvia) made a three-point field goal followed by a McCoy lay-up, making the score 35-33. McCoy then scored 10 points in the last four minutes of the half to give Missouri Valley at 45-40 lead at the end of the second.  The Vikings shot over 56-percent in the first half and made all seven free throw attempts.


Missouri Valley opened the third quarter with back-to-back baskets from Petkova and Ward. Clarke answered with a three-point shot, before Junior Guard Dasha Ivanova (Kursk, Russia) converted a three-point play after she was fouled. Missouri Valley started to build a lead over the next few minutes, and a pair of McCoy free throws made the score 64-56 with just over three minutes to play in the third. The teams trade points and Clarke managed to cut the Missouri Valley lead half as the quarter ended at 70-66.


Clarke came out fast in the fourth quarter to score six-straight points and take the lead. Missouri Valley reclaimed the lead with a lay-up from Ward, Missouri Valley eventually built up a four-point lead with five minutes remaining in the game, at 84-80. Clarke managed to take the lead with two minutes remaining, McCoy tied the game up at 89-89 with a two-point field goal, but Clarke came straight back with four straight points. Petkova made a late lay-up, but the Vikings fell to Clarke, 94-91.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was McCoy who finished with a career-high of 35 points, along with nine rebounds, and six assists. Ward added 25 points, making 10 out of her 11 attempted field goals. Missouri Valley shot nearly 58-percent from the field, and forced Clarke into 16 turnovers.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 13-16 overall, and 9-16 in conference play. Clarke moves to 20-9 overall, and 16-9 in conference action.


Missouri Valley opened the men’s game with a quick 4-0 lead, getting layups from Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) and Junior Remy Price (Chicago, Ill.).  Clarke got to within a 4-3 deficit, but Missouri Valley followed with a 7-0 run over the next two minutes to open an 11-4 advantage.  Junior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) hit a three-point field goal, while both Junior Darryl Lemear (Manor, Texas) and Junior Tim Washington (St. Louis, Mo.) hit two-point field goals.  A layup by Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) just one minute later put MVC up by double-digits for the first time, at 15-5.  The Viking lead extended to 20-7, near the 12-minute mark, after another Gronewold three-pointer.  Clarke trimmed its deficit back to single-digits over the next minute, trailing 20-11, but a Collins layup stretched the MVC lead out to 22-11 near the midway point of the half.  Clarke followed with five-straight points, to close the gap to 22-16, but both Price and Obineke converted three-point plays to help MVC hold a 28-16 lead with seven-minutes to play in the first half.  The Vikings maintained at least a nine-point lead over the closing minutes of the half, but Clarke hit a three-point field goal just before time ran out to shrink the MVC load to 39-32 at halftime.  Missouri Valley shot over 47-percent in the first half, and kept Clarke to just 37-percent shooting.


The second half opened with four early points from Collins, to help the Vikings hold a 43-32 lead.  The two teams traded points over the next several minutes, but a pair of Lemear free throws put the MVC advantage at 52-42 with five minutes played.  Clarke followed with a 10-2 run over the next five minutes, closing its deficit to 54-52.  Washington answered with a free throw, but Clarke got to within one point, at 55-54, with under nine minutes remaining in the game.  Clarke’s comeback was complete near the seven-minute mark, putting the Vikings in a 62-60 deficit.  The Vikings responded with six-straight points, getting four points from Gronewold and two free throws from Washington.  Freshman Tavious Brazil (Boonville, Mo.) sank a jumper to give MVC a 68-64 lead with just over four minutes to play.  Clarke worked back to tie the game at 69-69, then took a 70-69 lead with just over two minutes on the clock.  Obineke sank a layup on the next Viking possession to put Missouri Valley on top, 71-70.  Clarke eventually claimed a 73-71 lead with under one minute left in the game, but Obineke answered with another layup, to tie the contest at 73-73.  Clarke held the final possession with 24-seconds on the clock.  The Crusaders had their first shot bounce off the rim, but Clarke hit a put-back attempt just before the final buzzer, handing Missouri Valley a 75-73 defeat.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was Price who finished with 14 points.  Gronewold scored 13 points while Obineke had 13 points and nine rebounds.  Washington finished with 12 points.  Missouri Valley shot over 47-percent in the game and forced Clarke into 14 turnovers.  


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 13-15 overall and 11-14 in Heart play.  Clarke improves to 10-19 on the season and 8-17 in the conference.

Up next, the Viking basketball teams play at William Penn (Iowa) University Saturday in the final doubleheader of the regular season.  The women’s game starts at 2 p.m., while the Viking men’s team plays the No. 2 Statesmen at 4 p.m.  Back on Feb. 13, the Missouri Valley men’s team lost, 100-82, and the women’s team fell, 82-50, in home games against WPU.



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