In a Groove
Vikings shoot past Mustangs W/Video
Elizabeth City State 96 Mid-Atlantic Christian 78
By Malcolm Shields
Thursday, February 1, 2018
In a matchup of two fairly young teams, the depth of the Elizabeth City State men’s basketball team was the difference.
The Vikings had six players score 10 or more points as ECSU defeated Mid-Atlantic Christian 96-78 on Tuesday night in the two school’s annual meeting at the Vaughan Center on the campus of Elizabeth City State.
Shyheid Petteway led ECSU (9-9) with 20 points off the bench.
Zaccheus Hobbs followed with 13 points and three steals, Charles Woods added 12 points with five rebounds, Shykeef Daniels had 12 points with two assists, Joseph Allen scored 10 points with five rebounds and John Maynor had 10 points with five assists, four rebounds and three steals.
The Mustangs (6-13) provided some resistance in the first few minutes of the contest.
A steal by MACU led to a layup on the other end by Alex Stanley to give the Mustangs an 11-10 lead with nearly five minutes elapsed in the first half.
A Dixon Ogwo basket put the Mustangs up 13-10.
MACU held the rebounding advantage, especially on the offensive boards, and got easy baskets early in the contest.
“We were right there with them for a little while,” MACU coach Allan Harris said. “Their skill level took over.”
From that point, on ECSU went on a 47-12 run the rest of the period to take a 57-25 lead at halftime.
During the run, the Mustangs struggled to make baskets.
ECSU coach John Hill noted that consistency was what he wanted from his team on Tuesday night.
“You want to stay in character and do the things you always do,” Hill said.
The Vikings got into a rhythm shooting from the outside as ECSU connected on 60 percent (12-of-20) from behind the 3-point line in the first half.
“We have a bunch of capable shooters; kids that are capable of shooting the 3 [pointer],” Hill said. “It seemed like [Tuesday] quite a few of them were shooting it pretty well.”
ECSU finished the game converting on 51.7 percent (15-of-29) from behind the 3-point line against the Mustangs.
Multiple players contributed in the first-half run for the Vikings.
Woods scored all 12 of his points from behind the 3-point line in the first 20 minutes.
Hill noted that Woods is a player that can play small and power forward, but has seen time at center recently.
“You give up some size, but you add a person who is very capable of scoring the ball and shooting it exceptionally well from the outside,” Hill said.
The Vikings’ largest lead was 35 points early in the second half.
In the second half, Daniels, who was named the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on Tuesday scored seven of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes.
Daniels was on the receiving end of an alley-oop in the second half.
“I played pretty good,” Daniels said. “I could have played better.”
Daniels, a freshman from Greenville’s D.H. Conley noted that consistency has been important to his recent play.
In the second half, MACU got production from Leander Williams off the bench.
The sophomore finished with 15 points with all of his points coming from behind the 3-point line.
MACU scored 53 points in the second half.
Ogwo led MACU with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
“He played well [Tuesday] night,” Harris said. “He was really focused.”
Tyler Hendrix had 12 points and Grayson Tejeda scored nine points with 10 assists.
Harris noted that dealing with the pressure that the Vikings displayed on Tuesday will help them when they play schools that are at MACU’s level in the USCAA.
Tuesday marked six days since the Vikings were involved in a brawl at the end of their matchup at Virginia State.
Following ECSU’s 67-64 loss to Virginia State on Jan. 24, some spectators at the game allegedly engaged ECSU players, which led to the brawl.
Multiple videos of the incident were posted to social media websites after the incident.
Hill noted that he told his team that he didn’t what to hear the club talk about the incident and told the players not to watch videos of the brawl online.
“We’ve moved on,” Hill said.
Jermaine Brown, who had started 15 games for the Vikings this season, has not played since the VSU game.
Hill noted that Brown was in the middle of the fracas and said it was his decision to hold out Brown the past three games.
The coach expects Brown to return to action against CIAA North Division foe Bowie State for winter homecoming on Saturday at the Vaughan Center.
After a second request for a response to the brawl at Virginia State, league spokesperson Bri Funte emailed the Daily Advance on Monday that the CIAA does not have a comment, but continues to investigate the situation.
ON TO BLUEFIELD
MACU will face another NCAA Division II program as Bluefield State comes to Chesson Gym today at 7 p.m.
Bluefield State (7-11) lost to ECSU 71-52 on Dec. 30 in Elizabeth City.
“If we stick to our game plan...we’re probably looking to do well against them,” Harris said.
Washington Adventist 66, Mid-Atlantic Christian 45: The Lady Mustangs (6-13) lost at Chesson Gym on Tuesday.
Aleah McNeal led MACU with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Tierra Lester followed with 11 points and seven rebounds.
Amber Morman led Washington Adventist (14-9) with 14 points and eight rebounds in the win.
The Lady Mustangs travel to Trinity Washington on Friday.