Vikings Split at Home to Avila

Posted February 15, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 15, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College men’s and women’s teams hosted Avila (Mo.) University in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Wednesday evening, on Court Warming.  The Viking women’s team led throughout in a 71-49 victory, while the men’s team led at the half, but fell in the closing seconds, 74-73.


The first quarter started with a quick three-point shot from Avila, but a minute later Missouri Valley tied the contest with a three-pointer from Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark). The Vikings hit another three-point shot less than one minute later when Junior Guard Dasha Ivanova (Kursk, Russia) connected from beyond the arc. After an Avila field-goal, McCoy scored four-straight points as she made a pair of free throws followed by a field goal. Minutes later, Missouri Valley got back-to-back three’s from Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria) and Sierra Adams (Peoria, Ariz.) to make the score 18-6 with two minutes to play in the first. The Vikings finished the quarter with six-straight points, getting another three from Petkova before Senior Center Tessa Ramsey (Melbourne, Australia) converted a three-point play when she was fouled in the paint to give MVC a 24-8 advantage.


Missouri Valley got off to a fast start in the second quarter with a three-pointer from Petkova. The Vikings then went on a scoring run with four-straight points from Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark), followed by a three-point shot from McCoy to give MVC a 26-point advantage at 34-8. The teams traded points over the next couple of minutes until the Vikings went on another scoring run, with Ward scoring another four points in close succession. Avila scored a three-pointer in the last seconds of the half, but Missouri Valley went into the break leading 45-20.  The Vikings shot over 59-percent in the first half, and limited Avila to just 24-percent shooting.


The Vikings opened the third quarter with a free throw from Petkova, and Avila scored a basket not long after, but MVC responded with a Ward field goal to restore a 26-point lead. Another field goal from Petkova followed by a pair of McCoy free throws stretched the lead to 30, before another three-pointer, this time from Ramsey, gave the Vikings a game-high 34-point lead with three minutes to play in the third. The teams traded point for the rest of the quarter, and it ended with the Vikings leading, 60-28.


Avila started the final quarter with eight straight points, shortening the lead to 24-points, but Missouri Valley quickly responded with a two-point shot from Ward followed by a pair of free throws from McCoy. Minutes later, Ramsey scored another three-point shot to make the score 71-40. Avila scored nine straight points to finish the game but could not make a comeback, as the Vikings won, 71-49.


Leading the way for Missouri Valley was McCoy who scored 20 points, and got six rebounds.  Petkova got 14 points, six rebounds and five steals, and Ward added 14 points and 6 rebounds. The Vikings shot over 69-percent from beyond the arc, and forced Avila into 21 turnovers.

The win moves Missouri Valley to 12-15 overall and 8-15 in conference action. Avila drop to 7-18 overall with the loss, 6-17 in conference play.



Missouri Valley started out quickly in the opening moments of the men’s game.  Senior Brody Gronewold (Carthage, Ill.) hit a three point field goal to start the scoring, and the Vikings eventually held a 9-0 lead.  Junior Tim Washington (Bellwood, Ill.) capped the run with a three-point play near the 16-minute mark.  After Avila scored its first points of the game, Missouri Valley continued to extend its lead, eventually opening a 17-4 advantage after a Junior Chism Obineke (Rowlett, Texas) field goal with just over 14-minutes to play in the first half.  The Vikings held a double-digit lead through much of the first half, and stretched the advantage to 26-12 after a three-pointer from Washington near the midway mark of the half.  Avila trimmed the deficit down to 28-17 just over one minute later, but Missouri Valley followed with a run, outscoring the Eagles by a 6-0 margin over the next three minutes.  Sophomore Bobby Collins (St. Louis, Mo.) had four points during the run.  Avila was unable to get the Viking advantage to less than 14 points in the closing minutes of the half, and MVC went into the break with a 45-30 lead.  The Vikings shot 48-percent in the first half, and limited Avila to just 33-percent shooting.  Missouri Valley was also 17 of 22 from the free throw line.


The Vikings started the scoring in the second half, as Obineke hit an early field goal, followed by one free throw from Gronewold, giving MVC a 48-30 lead.  The Eagles began to chip away at the Viking lead, and had the deficit down to 49-39 with just over four minutes played in the half.  Back-to-back field goals from Freshman Tavious Brazil (Boonville, Mo.) and Washington helped Missouri Valley build a 53-39 lead, and another Washington field goal with just over 13-minutes to play in the game put the MVC advantage at 57-43.  Avila responded with a run over the next two minutes, cutting their deficit to 57-51.  Free throws by Obineke extended the lead to 59-51 near the midway point of the second half, but Avila answered with five-straight points to trail 59-56 with nine minutes remaining.  Sohpomore Josh King (Alexandria, La.) answered the Avila run with a three-point field goal, giving MVC a 62-56 advantage, but AU followed with another run, eventually tying the contest at 63-63 with under seven minutes to play in the game.  Again, the Eagle run was answered by a King three-pointer, but Avila scored five-straight points to grab its first lead of the game, at 68-66 near the five-minute mark.  Trailing for the first, Collins came back with a field goal to tie the score at 68-68, but Avila reclaimed the lead with a three-point field moments later.  The two teams traded points down the stretch, but a Collins field goal with just 1:28 to play tied the game at 73-73.  Missouri Valley had the chance to take the lead with under 20-seconds remaining, but Avila forced a turnover.  The Eagles were able to draw a foul with one-second on the clock, getting two free throw opportunities.  Avila made one of its free throws, and Missouri Valley was unable to get a shot off at the buzzer, as the Vikings fell to the Eagles, 74-73.


Collins led the team with 18 points and 12 rebounds, recording the first double-double of his career.  Obineke had 15 points and four rebounds, while Washington had 15 points, four rebounds and four assists.  Gronewold added 14 points and eight assists.  Missouri Valley shot 50-percent in the game, but finished 23 of 35 from the free throw line.  The Vikings forced Avila into 12 turnovers, and blocked four Eagle shots.


The loss drops Missouri Valley to 12-14 on the season and 11-13 in the Heart.  Avila improves to 4-23 on the season and 4-19 in conference play.


Next for the Viking basketball teams is the final home doubleheader of the season, Saturday, hosting Grand View (Iowa) University for Senior Day.  The women’s game starts at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m.  The Grand View men’s basketball team is currently ranked No. 24 in the latest coaches’ poll.  Back on Jan. 4, the Viking men’s basketball team fell, 84-76, and the women’s team fell 65-44, in games played at Grand View.



About Missouri Valley College

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