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Graber Post Building Classic  2009
Vikings lose to South Knox in double overtime thriller 61-58
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By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   The South Knox Spartans defeated Barr-Reeve 61-58 in two overtimes to capture the Graber Post Building Classic in a battle of two Blue Chip Conference teams.  This had to be the most thrilling game in the three year history of the Graber Post Classic.  The game began with BR taking an early 3-0 lead on a 3-pointer which was quickly answered by South Knox.  There were several lead changes before BR took a 18-12 lead at the end of the first period.  The Vikings took a 23-12 lead early in the second period on a three pointer by Trey Hughes.  At that point the Spartans began to chip away at the BR lead and cut the lead to 25-21 at halftime.  In the third period the Spartans tied the score at 27, but BR answered back and held a lead of 32-30 with 2.05 to go in the quarter when a 3-pointer by South Knox gave the Spartans the lead for the first time since early in the first quarter.  South Knox continued to lead and was up 36-34 at the third quarter break.  South Knox extended its lead to 42-35 with four minutes to go when BR’s Logan Knepp came up with two buckets, and a bucket by Trey Hughes gave the lead back to Barr-Reeve 43-42.  This would be BR’s last lead of the night as they would tie the game on several occasions but would never regain the lead.  Some clutch free throws by SK’s Jeramy Lucas gave the Spartans the lead 46-43 with 9 seconds remaining in regulation play when Trey Hughes sank a 3-pointer from out front just before the horn sounded, which would tie the score at 46 and send the game into the first overtime.  
   Jeremy Lucas of South Knox sank two free throws to start the first overtime as SK went back on top 49-47.  Trey Hughes answered with a basket to tie the score at 49.  Mitchell Patton hit two free throws with 20 seconds left to give South Knox the lead at 53-50 to set up the second heroics of the evening.  Ethan Knepp took the pass in the corner and sank a 3-pointer to once again tie the score at 53 and send the two teams into the 2nd overtime.  
   The second overtime began with Shane Cavins sinking a 3-pointer to give South Knox the lead at 56-53.  A basket by Ethan Knepp cut the lead to 56-55.  Free throws by SK’s Mitchell Patton pushed the lead to 59-55 in favor of South Knox.  A 3-pointer by Trey Hughes again cut the lead to 59-58 with seconds remaining.  BR fouled Patton, and he sank 2 free-throws for a final score of 61-58.  Barr-Reeve had one last chance for more heroics but it was not to be this time, as South Knox won the third annual Graber Post Classic.  
  This game was like a sectional championship game with the fans for both teams really into the game and with the lead changes and last minute heroics, and neither team could put the other away.  Barr-Reeve’s biggest lead was at 11 and the Spartans could only extend their lead to 5 and that was at 42-37 with 4 minutes to go in regulation.
  Trey Hughes led the Vikings with 24 points on 3 3-pointers and 1-2 from the free throw line, followed by Logan Knepp with 15 and 1-2 from the free throw line.  Ethan Knepp was also in double figures with 10 on 2 3-pointers as the Vikings connected on 6 3-pointers on the night.  Also in the scoring column was Kendall Murphy with 5 points as he connected on one 3-pointer, and Christian Duncheon added 4 points on the night.  Jeremy Lucas led South Knox with 27 points on 4 3-pointers, and Mitchell Patton added 13.
  Trey Hughes and Kendall Murphy were selected for the All-Tourney team for Barr-Reeve, and Jeremy Lucas and Mitchell Patton were selected from South Knox.  These same two teams will also go at it again on February 12 at BR in a key conference match up. In the last 33 meetings between the two schools this was only the third victory by South Knox over Barr-Reeve. Next up for Barr-Reeve will be North Knox on Tuesday and the Vikings travel to Forest Park on Friday night for a non-conference match up.  
Barr-Reeve Vikings vs. Southwestern (Hanover) 53-26
   The 4th ranked class 1A Barr-Reeve Vikings put 10 players in the scoring column with 3 in double figures as the Vikings defeated Southwestern of Hanover in their first meeting between the two schools in the Graber Post Building Classic.  Ethan Knepp hit two free throws to get BR on the board and they never trailed on their way to extending their record to 6-1 on the season while Southwestern dropped to 1-6.  The Vikings were led by Ethan Knepp with 14 points on 2 3-pointers and 2-3 from the line, followed by Trey Hughes with 10 on 2 3-pointers and 2-2 from the line, and Christian Duncheon had 10 points with 4 buckets and 2-3 from the free throw line.  The Vikings fronted 13-5 at the end of the first period and extended that lead to 26-7 at halftime.  The third period it took nearly 3 minutes before either team scored, as both teams had several turnovers and both teams had trouble holding on to the ball.  The third period ended with the Vikings extending their lead to 36-12 before and finishing off the Rebels 53-26.  This game was not one of the better games BR has played this year, but their defense did the work for them as they forced the Rebels to commit 24 errors with 15 coming in the first half.  BR committed 14 errors with 7 coming in each half.  The Vikings shot 42 percent from the field and 9-12 from the free throw line while the Rebels shot 33 percent from the field and 4-11 from the free throw line.  With the win the Vikings advanced to the semi-finals where they will take on Brownstown Central.
Barr-Reeve Vikings vs. Brownstown Central 65-52
   The Barr-Reeve Vikings played one of the best halves of basketball a BR team has ever played on its way to a 63-52 win over Class 2A honorable mention Brownstown Central in semi-finals of the Graber Post Building Classic.  The Vikings connected on an old fashioned 3-point play by Logan Knepp that got BR the lead they would never relinquish on a night where they would up their record to 7-1 on the season, while Brownstown dropped to 5-2 with the loss.  BR led 23-14 at the end of the first period and continued the hot shooting as the Vikings shot a dazzling 78 percent from the field the first half in route to a 43-29 lead at halftime.  At one point in the second period the Vikings held their biggest lead of 18 at 32-14.  Brownstown outscored BR 12-5 in the third period as they cut the lead to 7 entering the fourth period 48-41.  Two buckets each from Kendall Murphy and Trey Hughes to start the fourth period pushed BR’s lead to 56-41.  Brownstown made a few runs in the period but could get no closer than 9 points the rest of the game.  The Vikings used ball control the last period as they hit 7-10 from the free throw line to salt the game away.  The Vikings cooled off the last half but still hit 59 percent for the game.  BR committed 7 errors the first half but just 3 the last half for 10 for the game.  Brownstown committed 9 the first half and 8 the last half, as they had their problems handing the BR defense.  Brownstown shot 43 percent for the night and 14-19 from the free throw line.  
  Kendall Murphy led the Vikings with 17 points 2 3-pointers and 3-4 from the free throw line while Ethan Knepp chipped in with 15 and Trey Hughes added 14.  Luke Harmon added 9 points off the bench and came up big while the Vikings pushed the lead to 18 during the second period.  Harmon also added a 3-pointer from the corner as the Viking hit 4 3’s on the night.  Christian Duncheon and Logan Knepp added 5 each for the Vikings as they placed 6 players in the scoring column to round out the scoring.
  Brownstown had three players in double figures with Spencer Allman 15, Taylor Wischmeier 13, and Blaze Ayers with 10 points.  
  The Vikings advanced to the championship game against South Knox who defeated North Daviess 63-41 setting up the Blue Chip Conference showdown between the two teams.    
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