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Barr-Reeve Vikings defeat Cloverdale 92-46
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Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   The Barr-Reeve Vikings rebounded from a two point loss against Forest Park in the Graber Post Classic to defeat South Knox and came back the next day to put on a clinic against Cloverdale, winning 92-46, to improve their record to 8-2 midway in the season. It was the first meeting between the two schools and for Cloverdale they are probably thinking they hope this is the last. Ashton Wagler got it started for the Vikings as he connected on a 2-pointer and a 3-pointer to give Barr-Reeve the lead at 5-2. Willie Helms connected on 2 free throws, Christian Duncheon added 2 baskets and Trey Hughes followed with two 3-pointers for the Vikings as the route was on.  The Vikings scored 32 points in the first quarter to take a 32-16 lead as Trey Hughes had three 3-pointers and Christian Duncheon added 4 baskets during the first quarter. The Vikings continued to rack up the points as they outscored Cloverdale 23-9 in the second period to take a 55-25 lead at halftime. The Vikings hit 7 percent for the first quarter and cooled off somewhat, but they still shot 6 percent during the first half. BR out rebounded the Clovers 21-6 the first half and committed just 3 errors to 6 for Cloverdale. For a while it looked like a NBA game as both teams were not wasting any time getting up and down the court and switching the nets.
  During the third quarter, the Vikings continued putting points on the board as they outscored Cloverdale 18-12 to lead 73-37. They outscored their opponents 19-9 in the fourth quarter for a final score of 92-46.  
   Eleven of the thirteen players that played for Barr-Reeve scored and four of those players scored in double figures.  Christian Duncheon led the way with 23 points on nine 2-pointers and 5-6 from the line and pulled down 7 rebounds.  He was followed by Trey Hughes with 20 points on five 3-pointers and 3-4 from the line and 18 of his points came in the first half. Both Duncheon and Hughes were selected to the All Tournament Team. Others in double figures were Jonathon Gingerich with 13 points with one 3-pointer and Ashton Wagler with 11 points with three 3-pointers. Others scoring were Brandon Graber with 7 points, as he pulled down 6 rebounds,  Jacob Bledsoe a freshman getting his first varsity playing time had 5, Matt Swartzentruber and Jordan Sinnott with 4 each, Heath Graber and Willie Helms with 2 each and Josh Swartzentruber with a free throw.  
   The Vikings were 15-19 from the free throw line while Cloverdale was 3-4. The Vikings out rebounded the Clovers 39-14 and the Vikings committed just 8 errors on the night. Barr-Reeve hit 63 percent from the field while Cloverdale hit 38 percent. The Vikings shot nine 3-pointers on the night with Trey Hughes hitting 5, Ashton Wagler 3 and Jonathan Gingerich 1. The Vikings were 9-16 from three point range.
  For the season, the Vikings are shooting 49 percent from three point range and 53 percent from two point range and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Vikings are averaging 64 points per game while limiting their opponent to 46 points per game.
    After the game Coach Hughes was pleased with what he saw from his team, saying, “After we got started the shots seemed to fall for several of the players and it seemed to be contagious.  One seemed to feed off the other and once they got going we shot very well that first half.  This team we faced today has won seven games and has played some good teams.  Coming into the game we were concerned about their guards, as they have caused some problems for teams with their penetration, but I felt we did a good job on them. I feel overall in this tournament we did pretty good with the exception of a few minutes in the Forest Park game. We were able to get a lot of kids some varsity time tonight and felt this was a good experience for us.” When asked about facing Pat Rady, the Coach of Cloverdale, Hughes said “No, I don’t think I have ever coached against him, but he always seems to be a real gentleman of the game and he is a credit to the profession of coaching.”  
  Barr-Reeve is now 8-2 on the season and will play a rematch with Forest Park at Barr-Reeve on Friday, January 8, at Barr-Reeve.  The Vikings lost to the Rangers in the first night of the tournament 58-56.  
   Named to the all-tournament team was Taylor Wischmeier, Tournament MVP, (Brownstown),  Silas Morin (Springs Valley), Mitchell Patton (South Knox), Brandon Moon (Cloverdale), Trey Hughes (Barr-Reeve), Christian Duncheon (Barr-Reeve), Austin Jarrett (Washington Catholic), Jake Meyer (Forest Park), Kendall Wittmer (North Daviess), and Spencer Allman (Brownstown).
-Photo by Alan Williams
Barr-Reeve’s Christian Duncheon goes up for the shot.  Duncheon was selected for the All-Tournament team in the Graber Post Buildings Classic.
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