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Barr-Reeve wins Buggy Bowl over North Daviess 51-45
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   The Barr-Reeve Vikings reclaimed the Buggy Bowl trophy in a hard fought 51-45 win at Montgomery on Saturday night. The game was another classic battle between these two rival teams as North Daviess grabbed the lead early and held it until just before the third period ended. Christian Duncheon was fed a lob pass down low and sank a basket to pull the Vikings even with the Cougars at 29 just before the third period buzzer. That was only the second basket of the night for Duncheon as the Cougars were able to prevent BR from getting the ball inside.  
  North Daviess took a lead at 7-6 on a 3- pointer by Kendall Wittmer midway through the first period and was able to hold that lead until the end of the third period. During that time the lead stretch to as many as 9 points as the Vikings would cut into the lead but could not overtake the Cougars until the fourth period. 
   In the fourth period, Trey Hughes put the Vikings on top to stay as he sank 2 free throws with 7:31 to go and added another basket just moments later to increase the margin to four. North Daviess cut the margin to 33-31 before Brandon Graber added a basket to push the lead back to four at 35-31. That’s when Ashton Wagler took over. Wagler, who had not scored up to that point, hit a 3-pointer from the corner to push the lead to 38-31, which was the biggest lead for BR thus far. North Davies scored a basket and Wagler again sank a 3-pointer to push BR to its biggest lead of the night at 41-33 with 3:12 left in the contest. But ND was not going to fold their tent and go home. A 3-pointer and two free throws by ND cut the margin to 41-39 before Trey Hughes connected on 1-2 from the line as Kendall Wittmer fouled out. Seconds later, Brandon Graber committed his fifth foul and ND hit two free throws to cut the margin to 42-41. Jordan Sinnott was fouled and he sank one of two free throws to push the lead to 43-41 but then freshman Nick Crays hit a runner to tie the game at 43. Ashton Wagler sank a basket with 1:09 to put BR back on top at 45-43. After a miss by ND, Ashton Wagler was fouled and sank two free throws to put BR up 47-43 with 27.7 seconds left in the game. ND scored at the other end on another basket by Nick Crays to cut the margin to 47-45 and Trey Hughes was fouled and went to the line for two. He connected on this first attempt (48-45), and what could have been the ballgame, Jordan Sinnott was able to run down the rebound on Hughes miss of the second free throw and Sinnott was quickly fouled and he sank both attempts for a 50-45 score. Ashton Wagler added a free throw with 4.5 seconds to go for a final score of 51-45.  
   Coach Bryan Hughes said after the game, “North Daviess had a great start, but we did not lose our composure and we continued to be patience. We did not panic when things did not seem to be going our way. Kendall Wittmer was amazing for them as he had 16 at halftime, but I thought Trey did a good job on him the last half. We had a good defensive effort and we were able to overtake them.”  
  Trey Hughes, who went over the 1000 point mark of his career Saturday night, led the Vikings with 16 points and was 7-11 from the line. Also in double figures was Ashton Wagler who came off the bench to score 11 points on 2 big three’s and was 3-4 from the line, with all his points coming in the fourth period. Also scoring was Brandon Graber with 7 points (one of those baskets came in the fourth when BR was pulling away), Christian Duncheon had 6 points, Jonathan Gingerich 5, Willie Helms and Jordan Sinnott each had 3 points.
   Barr-Reeve managed just 16-27 from the line while North Daviess connected on 3-5. The Cougars were in foul trouble early, but just one member from each team fouled out. Barr-Reeve hit five 3-pointers while Kendall Wittmer hit three 3-pointers for ND. Barr-Reeve hit 54 percent from the field while North Daviess hit 43 percent, and for the second game in a row, the Vikings turned the ball over 7 times. The Vikings also out-rebounded the Cougars 23-18. The Vikings improved to 10-2 on the season and will travel to Shakamak this Friday night.  
    In the junior varsity contest, Barr-Reeve won for the tenth straight time this year by 38-29. North Daviess led 10-9 after one quarter, but BR outscored the Cougars 5-0 in the second period to lead 14-10 at halftime. The Vikings led 25-16 after three quarters and held on to win 38-29. Leading the Vikings was Heath Graber with 12 points and he was followed by Hunter Knepp with 9. The Vikings improved their record to 10-0.  
Barr-Reeve’s Bryan Hughes got 400th win
   Bryan Hughes got his 400th career win (400-172) as a coach with a 59-39 win over the Wood Memorial Trojans on Friday night. Hughes in his 18th season at Barr-Reeve has won 287 games and lost 124 while coaching the Vikings. Bryan Hughes said after reaching this milestone, “It is very humbling for me.  I have had some good teams and some very good players. I have been coaching for twenty-five years and have had some great wins. I am truly humbled by it all.”  Bryan Hughes coached at North Vermillion for three years, Fountain Central for four years, and he is currently in his 18th year at Barr-Reeve. During that time he was won an average of 16.7 games per year.  
   Wood Memorial jumped to lead early as they led 3-0 on a 3-pointer, but Trey Hughes tied the game with a three of his own. The Viking trailed 5-4 when Christian Duncheon scored 2 of his 16 first half points to put BR back on top to stay. The Vikings led 24-13 after one quarter with Christian Duncheon scoring 12 in the quarter. The Vikings extended the lead to 34-19 at halftime with Duncheon picking up two more baskets for a total of 16 points in the first half. The Vikings outscored Wood Memorial by one (17-16) to lead 51-35 after three quarters. The Vikings pulled away in the fourth quarter for a final score of 59-39.  
   Trey Hughes who had hit for two 3-pointers in the first quarter hit for 3 three’s in the third quarter and was 6-6 on the night from the line to lead all scorers with 21.  Others scoring for the Vikings were Christian Duncheon with 18 points and six rebounds, Jordan Sinnott with 7, Willie Helms with 6 points and five rebounds, Brandon Graber with 4, and Ashton Wagler with one 3-pointer. Jordan Sinnott who started for the Vikings had a nice game with 7 points and nine rebounds.    
   The Vikings were 11-15 from free throw line while Wood was 5-10. The Vikings hit 48 percent from the field while Wood hit 41 percent. Barr-Reeve out rebounded the Trojans 30-15 and BR turned the ball over just 7 times.  The Class 1A number 3 ranked Vikings improved their record to 11-2 on the season, as they are still undefeated in conference play (6-0) while Wood Memorial slipped to 4-10 on the season. Wood had three players in double figures with Hunter Ewin leading the way with 13 points.  
   At halftime, Barr-Reeve honored the girls state volleyball team and the boys cross country team that has gone to the semi-state for the last five years. 
   In the junior varsity contest, the Vikings extended their record to 9-0 with a 43-36 win over Wood. The Vikings led 19-5 after one quarter and extended that to 30-11 at halftime. During the last half, Wood cut into the margin but the Vikings held on for a final score of 43-36.  
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