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Power outage dooms Vikings

RANCHO CUCAMONGA • The Barstow Community College men’s basketball team played a good first half, but a lack of offense in the second left the Vikings with an 85-52 loss to Chaffey College, in Saturday’s Foothill Conference road match.


The teams stayed close for the first 20 minutes, with the Panthers holding a slim, 33-31, halftime edge. After that, things didn’t go as well, according to Vikings head coach Reggie Howard.


“At the 10-minute mark of the second half, we fell apart,” he said. “They’re a run-and-jump, high-energy, fast-paced team, and we just ran out of gas.”


The Panthers also had more options on hand.


“They have a deep bench, it’s been their forte for years. They rotate 12 or 13 players relatively fast, and we’re only eight deep,” said coach Howard. “We have guys playing 27 minutes, and they’re playing 10 or 15 minutes. They wore us out.”


Despite that, the Vikings got a season-high 15 points off the bench from Barstow High School grad Nate Lopez.


“In his last two games he’s averaging 12 points,” said Howard of Lopez. “He’s made a lot of progress from the beginning of the year.”


Emani Gant had a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Evan Jenkins also had 10 points.


The Panthers improve to 14-5, 3-1, with the Vikings at 4-12, 2-3.


Barstow will play at Victor Valley College on Wednesday night, and will host Rio Hondo for a 3 p.m. start on Saturday.


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