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Turnovers lead to league loss for Vikings

by Contributed report/BBCC Athletics
| January 20, 2023 3:15 PM

Host Columbia Basin College used a 19-5 run over the final 5:36 of Wednesday's (January 18) contest against Big Bend Community College's men's basketball team to put a close game out of reach, notching an important 81-56 win in NWAC East region play. The Vikings held the lead for much of the first half, but would find themselves down by six (38-32) at the half, setting the stage for the Hawks' second-half push. Much of the issue for the Vikings in the loss was ball control, as they turned the ball over 25 times, compared to only nine for the Hawks.

Sophomore DJ Frye led the Vikings offensively with 14 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Sophomore Keenan Miller and freshman Mason Panelo pitched in ten to round out the double-figure scoring for the Vikings. For Columbia Basin, Latrell Baker led the Hawks with 14 points.

The Vikings (4-11 overall, 2-4 NWAC East) return home on Saturday (January 21), as they will play host to Wenatchee Valley College (4-13 overall, 0-5 NWAC East), hoping to get back on track in the NWAC East standings. Tip is scheduled for 4:00pm, following the women's contest.

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