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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