Vikings drop two road games
CANTON -- The Missouri Valley College men's and women's basketball teams were unable to find comfort on the road Wednesday during a pair of Heart of America Conference losses at Culver-Stockton.
The Vikings had an opportunity to move up in the men's standings against the one of the league's cellar residents, but couldn't capitalize on a 10-point second-half lead during a 101-97 overtime loss.
Valley was in front over the first nine minutes of the second half, but a 22-11 stretch allowed the Bobcats to pull ahead on freshman Bryson London's three-pointer. Culver led by as many as seven points before the Vikings scored eight straight points.
The lead changed again, but Valley had a chance to win when senior Remy Price stepped to the free-throw line with three seconds remaining with his team down a point. However, he could only convert the second of his two shots, forcing overtime.
London got inside for a deuce to start the extra period and the Wildcats led the rest of the way, by as many as six points with 1:16 left. Junior Danilo Ranger's second-chance bucket got the Vikings to within two points with four seconds to go, but Culver secured the victory with two freebies from senior Adrian Rodriguez.
London scored 30 points and junior Mike Johnson added 22 for the 'Cats (6-19, 3-11 HAAC).
Valley (14-10, 7-7) got 22 points from senior Tim Washington, with Price contributing 20 points, five assists and five steals.
The Lady Vikings only led once, for 15 seconds, during their 63-47 loss to Culver.
Junior Hilma Mededovic connected from outside with 5:08 remaining in the first quarter, but junior Lacey Clark immediately answered with a bomb and the Lady Wildcats would stretch their advantage to 10 points by the end of the period.
Valley would not again get the margin back into single digits, falling behind by as many as 20 points during the second half.
Clark's 24 points led all scorers for Culver-Stockton (12-11, 5-9), which held the Lady Vikings to a season-low 29.4 field-goal percentage.
Valley (12-11, 5-9) was paced by senior Veronika Petkova with 13 points.
The Vikings will be on the road Saturday at Baker.
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