THE Clarence Valley Vikings fell just short in their bid for twin victories against competition leaders Coffs Harbour in their NSW State League northern division showdowns at the weekend.
The Vikings were beaten 72-58 in the women's match while the men fell agonisingly short of an upset, going down 83-81.
The Vikings, benefiting from a new, tougher approach in defence led the highly fancied Suns for most of the game.
The Vikings managed to shut down the much-taller Suns early but found themselves in foul trouble as the game progressed.
With starters Jack Bull and Michael Baggely fouled out, the Vikings started to falter and with 12 seconds left on the clock the Suns snatched the lead.
The Vikings will look to bounce back from the narrow loss when they take on Port Macquarie Dolphins this weekend.
The Vikings women's side will be hoping for a form reversal after back-to-back losses. The Vikings were beaten 79-56 by Newcastle last weekend.