Big Bend Men Fall to Wenatchee Valley in NWAC Opener

Big Bend's Blake Ditman drives to the basket during the Runnin' Vikes NWAC opener against Wenatchee on Jan.3, 2018.
Big Bend's Blake Dittman drives to the basket during the Runnin' Vikes NWAC opener against Wenatchee on Jan.3, 2018. Dittman just signed with Montana Tech.

By Rodney Harwood of the Columbia Basin Herald

MOSES LAKE — When you live by the sword, you die by the sword, or in this case the dagger. The Big Bend Runnin' Vikes shot just 20.6 percent from 3-point range during Wednesday night's NWAC East home opener against Wenatchee Valley and saw their three-game winning streak end with an 81-61 loss to the Knights.

The Runnin' Vikes (7-6, 0-1 NWAC East ) got it to 46-35 when point guard Koby Huerta knocked down a trey from the corner with 14 minutes left. But Big Bend was called for a technical foul. The ensuing free throws plus possession resulted in the score bouncing back to 50-35 Knights (8-5, 1-0).

"We have to be able to shoot 33 percent and above from 3-point range to be successful," first-year Runnin' Vikes head coach Mingo Scott said. "The bottom line is, we don't have the trees to go and attack the rim. Blake Dittman (6-foot-4 sophomore) attacks the rim because he can elevate. But the little guys can't go up and finish on the 6-8 guys, so it's imperative we be able to shoot the three."

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