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Barr-Reeve drives down Lanesville on their way to Seymour
(Loogootee/JBA) - The Barr-Reeve Vikings defeated the Lanesville Eagles to win the Loogootee Regional Saturday evening 69-50. The final score wasn’t generally indicative to the hard fought contest that broke Barr-Reeves way after 2 ½ quarters of play. Jordan Sinnott of the Vikings was instrumental in the second quarter against the Lanesville Eagles. His rebounding and inside play contributed to the Viking’s recapturing the lead. Sinnott scored 9 points in the Vikings Regional Championship.
   The Vikings found the going a little rough in the first quarter as the Eagles were able to move the ball in transition and engaged the Vikings in an up tempo style of play that seemed to be benefitting the Eagles. The Vikings jumped out to a quick 5-0 start but soon trailed the game as Lanesville connected on two outside threes and transition layups. The Eagles dropped into a zone press after each score that paid early dividends. Lanesville Senior Bryant Conder thrilled the near capacity crowd of 3800 with a thunderous dunk off a pick of an errant Viking pass. Conder could have been called for hanging on the rim, but the officials might have let it go for safety reasons, because of the players near him at the time of the dunk.
After a Viking timeout they switched from their man-to-man defense to a two-three zone. This changed the tempo of the game forcing the Eagles into a half court offense they were clearly uncomfortable playing. Barr-Reeve slowed the Eagles advance but had to settle for a 12-9 deficit at then end of the 1st quarter.
The Vikings continued their strategy in the second quarter of playing a tight 2-3 zone, keeping the Eagle offense playing mainly outside the three-point line. The Viking defense denied the Eagles any scoring opportunities over a 6 possession stretch while they took advantage of their own scoring opportunities on four of those six possessions. Barr-Reeve re-took the lead at the 6:24 mark 13-12 and never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the contest. Senior Christian Duncheon made two, three point plays the old fashion way in the quarter that accounted for six of his 18 points, and that helped widened the Viking lead while the Eagle offense floundered.
After the halftime break the Eagles were able on a few possessions to get ball inside to Conder, but it was too little too late and midway through the quarter the Vikings built their first ten point lead. The game slipped out of reach for the Eagles as the Vikings played a deliberate style taking high percentage shots and making free throws. In the fourth quarter the fouls began to mount up on the Eagles, as it was the only way they were able to get the possessions they needed, but the strategy didn’t work as the Vikings hit a high percentage of their free-throws down the stretch.
Eight Viking players found their way in the scoring column. Senior Trey Hughes led all scorers with 19, followed closely by Duncheon’s 18. Other scorers were Brandon Graber with 11; Jordan Sinnot with 9; and Josh Swartzentruber, Willie Helms, and Ashton Wagler each chipped in a three. Viking scoring was rounded out with Jacob Bledsoe putting in 2 points. Bryant Condor led the Lanesville Eagles with 18 while teammate Nick Hammond followed with 15.
The Vikings (23-3) will play North Central (Farmersburg) (15-9) in the Seymour Semi-State on Saturday.
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Trey Hughes makes a tough shot in the lane for two of his high game honors of 18. Barr-Reeve advances to the semi-state with a 69-50 victory over the Lanesville Eagles at JBA Saturday. (Photo by Larry Hembree)
Senior Christian Duncheon came up big with two, three point plays in the 2nd Quarter of the regional championship game Saturday night at Looogootee’s Jack Butcher Arena. Duncheon finished with 18 points as the Vikings ran away with the title over the Lanesville Eagle’s 69-50. (Photo by Larry Hembree)
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