Viking’s winning streak crushed by the Hawkeyes


Jacques Carraway takes a turn around jump shot against CVC.

Austin Lemak, Senior staff member

The Diablo Valley College Vikings four game win streak is broken after a 71-68 loss to Cosumnes River Community College. Vikings were up three points at halftime, but foul trouble and defensive miscues were a big factor to falling behind in the second half.

Vikings came out strong in the begging of the second half and created a decent lead by finding open shots.  The DVC lead slowly diminished as defensive switches were either too slow or not there at all. Baskets in the paint were where the Hawkeyes excelled as Vikings did not have the length under the rim.

“It is a team effort, but we had too many break downs on defense,” said guard Leon Williams V when asked about the game.

With 13 minutes left in the game, DVC received their seventh team foul, which allowed Consumnes River to be in the bonus and build a lead. Good free throw shooting from the Hawkeyes slowly tacked on the easy points after each foul.

Sophomore foward Spencer Clark lead the team not only on the floor, but also shooting 14 points over the course of the game.

“We didn’t make stops down stretch and they did. They made plays down the stretch as we didn’t,” said Clark after the loss.

The Vikings battled and closed the lead to a one point difference multiple times, but could not reclaim the lead as foul calls did not go their way.

Coach Steve Coccimiglio said, “Leon Williams was hurt and we were without him for about six weeks because of a torn meniscus. We missed him, as he helps round our team and lead the team on the floor.”

After the loss, the Vikings are now 6-7 in conference but still above .500 on the season with a 14-13 record. With just one more game left in the season, Vikings look to close out the season .500 in league and overall .536 winning percentage.

DVC’s last basketball game will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at home against Modesto Junior College. This will also be a night to honor the six transferring sophomores, and thank them for playing for the Vikings.