Valley/Malta Bend Basketball
Culver-Stockton 66, Missouri Valley (M) 61
CANTON -- A second-half comeback bid fell short Monday for the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team, dropping a 66-61 Heart of America Conference decision at Culver-Stockton.
A three-pointer by senior Jelani Hicks and junior Brandon Toliver's two buckets inside allowed the Vikings to open with a 9-4 lead, but junior Chris Booth twice posted up inside and senior Harris Jordan knocked down a jumper with 11:35 left in the first half to put the Wildcats in front.
Culver added to its five-point halftime advantage with a bomb and lay-up by junior Brice Fantazia. Down by 14 points, Valley went on a 24-10 run over an 11-minute span -- getting eight points each from seniors Brandon Mullings and Jay Elam, who sank two free throws to tie the score with 3:52 remaining.
Booth broke the tie from the low blocks and Harris nailed a trey, while the Vikings missed their final four shots from the field -- having the opportunity to rally when the Wildcats missed the front end of a one-and-one and two more charity tries during the final 18 seconds.
Culver-Stockton (7-11, 4-5 HAAC) was led by Booth's 20 points and 16 rebounds.
Valley (3-16, 3-5), which shot 38.2 percent from the field, got 21 points and 13 boards from Toliver.
The Vikings will be home Thursday to host league foe Baker.
Ozarks 95, Missouri Valley (W) 64
POINT LOOKOUT -- Not to suggest a cause-effect relationship, but the Missouri Valley College women's basketball team hasn't done well since its first meeting with defending NAIA Division II champion College of Ozarks.
The Lady Vikings were 4-1 with three straight wins heading into the Dec. 4 contest at Marshall, which they lost, 102-86, but have since gone 3-7 -- including Monday's 95-64 non-conference road loss to the top-ranked Lady Bobcats.
Ozarks recovered from shooting 37.1 percent from the field during the first half, which still produced a nine-point lead, to connect on 57.6 percent of its attempts the rest of the way.
Senior Janessa DeMuth scored 25 points and junior Kayli Combs had 24 for the Lady Bobcats (16-1).
Senior Bonnie Johnson's 19 points led Valley (7-8), which has dropped four of its last five games.
The Lady Vikings will be at home Thursday for a Heart of America Conference clash with Baker.
Tigers pick up second victory of season
NORBORNE -- The Malta Bend boys' basketball team held off a late rally Tuesday for a 45-37 non-conference win at Norborne.
Sophomore Tyler Armstrong scored five points and junior Ryan Armstrong and sophomore Tim Trelow each hit a three-pointer as the Tigers broke out to an 11-4 first-quarter lead. However, it took some solid free-throw shooting down the stretch, making six out of 10 during the final period, to secure the win.
Senior Phillip Shepard led the Pirates (2-8) with 12 points.
Tyler Armstrong and Trelow tallied 14 points apiece for Malta Bend (2-7), which has a CCAA contest Thursday at Prairie Home.
The girls' game went to Norborne, 35-7, after the Lady Pirates (7-3) blanked Malta Bend in the first quarter, 13-0.
Junior Kendra Wood scored seven of her game-high 11 points Norborne's 23-2 first half.
Junior Jerrian Johnson's third-quarter three-pointer was the highlight for the Lady Tigers (0-9).