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Barr-Reeve Vikings lose to Forest Park Rangers in GPC 58-56
Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
    The Barr-Reeve Vikings and the Forest Park Rangers locked up in a real battle in the Graber Post Classic on Monday night but the Rangers were able to surge past the Vikings early in the fourth period. After taking the lead the Rangers were able to hit their free throws down the stretch and hold on for the 58-56 win over the Vikings.  
    The Rangers took a 13-10 lead at the end of the first quarter as both teams held leads during the first period. The Vikings took the lead in the second period on three baskets by Trey Hughes as the Vikings led 16-14. The Vikings built a six point lead at 22-16 on a basket by Brandon Graber but Forest Park cut the lead to three at halftime 24-21 with the Vikings on top.
   In the third quarter the Vikings scored first on a basket by Trey Hughes as it pushed the lead to 26-21. With 4:50 to go in the third quarter the Vikings held a 10 point lead, but that’s when the momentum changed in favor of the Rangers.  Forest Park closed to within three points with about 2 minutes left in the third quarter before the Vikings regrouped. A 3-pointer by Willie Helms and a basket by Trey Hughes was able to extend the lead back to six as the third quarter ended with Barr-Reeve leading 39-33.
   As the fourth period got underway, Jake Meyer, a sophomore from Forest Park canned back to back 3-pointers to give Forest Park their first lead since early in the second period at 40-39. Forest Park went on to outscore Barr-Reeve 15-1 and took a 48-40 lead. Forest Park seemed to have things going their way, but Barr-Reeve did not go quietly as the Vikings fought back and cut the lead to one at 57-56.  A free throw by Forest Park made the final score 58-56. Barr-Reeve had one last chance with an inbounds pass at mid-court and a shot by Trey Hughes, which was just off the mark as the Forest Park held on for the victory.  
    After the game, Coach Bryan Hughes was disappointed in the loss and said, “We had things going our way in the third period but we just did not take care of the ball at key times and Forest Park got a hot hand at the right time and we just could not come back. We did not play that bad, but I am disappointed in some things I saw out there and we just have to do a better job at key moments in the game. For the game, we did not turn the ball over that much and when you consider how intense the game was, both teams did handle the ball pretty well. We will have to go back and regroup and get ready to play again.”
   Trey Hughes led the Vikings with 28 points on two 3-pointers and 6-7 from the line.  Also in double figures was Brandon Graber who scored 10 points but was in foul trouble most of the night along with Christian Duncheon.  Graber and Duncheon both sat out variable minutes during the third and fourth periods. Also scoring for the Vikings were Willie Helms with 8 on two 3-pointers, Ashton Wagler with 6 points on one three pointer, Christian Duncheon with 3 points, and Jordon Sinnott with 1 free throw.  
    The Vikings shot 19-39 from the field for 49% while Forest Park shot 50% with 18-36. Forest Park shot 17-25 from the free throw line as many of them came late in the fourth period to preserve the win while Barr-Reeve was 13-20 from the line. Considering how close each team was guarding, the turnovers were fairly low; Barr-Reeve had 8 and Forest Park had 7. Forest Park only had two turnovers in the last half. Rebounding went to the Rangers 24-21.
   Barr-Reeve is now 6-2 on the season while Forest Park improved to 5-1. Barr-Reeve faced South Knox while the Rangers faced Brownstown Central in Tuesday night’s game.  
-Photo by Alan Williams
Christian Duncheon gets trapped in traffic during Barr-Reeve’s rally to win the opener of the Graber Post Building Classic on December 28