Story by Andrew Bridges
Avila opened the January 17 basketball game at Burns gym with its first points and eventually led by 7. James Pope’s three-pointer to open the scoring for Missouri Valley helped the Vikings rally back to take the lead with 13 minutes left in the half.
The Vikings and Eagles fought for the lead all first half. But Valley’s persistence paid off with them coming out on top 34-32 to begin the second half.
Both defenses came out strong in the second half but Valley’s offense ended up coming out triumphant taking a 18-point lead with only 5:13 left in the game. Guard Jordan Epps led Valley in scoring with 13 points and a team high of 5 assists to help Valley prevail over the Eagles 64 to 50.
The Vikings showed that they were the better team behind the arc and at the free throw line, making 10 of 13 free throws as opposed to Avila’s 4 of 12 and was 6 for 23 behind the arc while Avila shot zero for 19.
Valley’s next challenge will be at Burns gym as they take on Baker University on Saturday, Jan. 26.