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MVC Round-up/Vikings split pair at MidAmerica Nazarene

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

(Chris Allen/Democrat-News) Freshman Michael Johnson (left) capped the Vikings' 48-0 win over Bacone (Okla.) with a 3-2 decision.
OLATHE, Kan. -- Fifth-ranked MidAmerica Nazarene extracted a measure of payback on the Missouri Valley College men's basketball team Monday.

The defending NAIA Division II champions suffered their first loss of the season when the teams met Jan. 7 in Marshall, but the rematch went the way of the Heart of America Conference-leading Pioneers, 77-61.

The Vikings trailed by only three points at halftime, but MidAmerica (23-3, 13-3 HAAC) broke away with a 29-11 run coming out of intermission. Sophomore Brenton Bell scored 21 of his career-high 27 points during the second half, hitting seven of eight shots from the field -- including all three from three-point range.

Junior Craig Jones scored 14 points and junior Brandon Toliver contributed 11 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for Valley (7-20, 7-9).

Meanwhile, the Lady Vikings -- who had dropped a three-point heartbreaker to MNU during their first clash -- returned the favor with a 73-70 decision in a contest which saw 12 lead changes and 11 tie scores, including a 40-all deadlock at halftime.

Valley was down by a point before junior Rachel Veit sank a jumper with 2:45 remaining. The Lady Pioneers had three cracks at the basket on their next possession, but couldn't convert then or later -- missing their last five shots.

Junior Imogene Dooley converted the double bonus from the charity stripe with one second left and junior Ashley Sequeira stole the ball in the back-court as time expired.

Senior Jenna Matson racked up 33 points and 16 rebounds for MidAmerica (17-9, 12-4).

Sequeira tallied 22 points off the bench and senior Bonnie Johnson added 21 points and nine boards for the Lady Vikings (12-12, 8-8), who return home Thursday for a doubleheader against Central Methodist.

Men's Wrestling

MVC 48, Bacone 0

The Missouri Valley College men's wrestling team celebrated Senior Night on its final home match of the season Friday by blanking unranked Bacone (Okla.), 48-0.

The Warriors (0-5) gave up 18 points on three defaults and didn't manage a win in the remaining seven matches. The No. 10 Vikings got pins from junior Brandon Nice (141 pounds) and freshman Juan Alvarez (165) and a 20-3 technical fall by junior Sergio Matos (149).

Junior Jeff Cobb (197) won by major decision, while three-point wins went to junior Bryan Gaskill (133), sophomore Brad Perkins (157) and freshman heavyweight Michael Johnson.

Valley will be off until Feb. 23, when it travels to Oklahoma City for the NAIA Midwest Regional Championships.

Men's Volleyball

Park 3, MVC 0

Second-ranked Park remained undefeated Friday with an easy three-set MAMVIC West victory over the Missouri Valley College men's volleyball team.

The defending conference champions pounded the ball consistently, achieving a .370 attack percentage. Of their 72 in-bounds hits, the Pirates (8-0, 2-0 MAMVIC West) scored on 39 of them -- junior Henry Uribe leading the balanced offense with seven kills -- while the Vikings had only 13 digs.

Freshman Vladi Frenc had a match-high 11 kills and freshman Mike Robbins assisted 28 of Valley's 34 spikes. The Vikings (2-8, 0-4) will attempt to end a five-match losing streak Wednesday at HAAC foe Graceland.

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