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Barr-Reeve Vikings win over Orleans 55-51
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.

   The 4th ranked Barr-Reeve Vikings hosted the 11th ranked Orleans Bulldogs in the dedication of Kavanaugh Kourt.  Barr-Reeve came away with a hard fought 55-51 win.  It was a game that went back and forth as the Vikings trailed early, cut the lead to one at 12-11.  Orleans then went on a scoring binge and led at the end of one quarter 21-13 for their biggest lead of the night. 
  The Vikings trailed in the second period until Christian Duncheon hit two free throws to put BR up 24-23.  A 3 pointer by Orleans put Orleans back on top by two at 26-24 and Trey Hughes finished up the scoring for BR with a 3-pointer to put BR up at halftime 27-26.    
   Trey Hughes started the third period with another trey and pushed BR’s lead to 30-26 for their biggest lead at that point.  A basket by Orleans and then back to back three’s by Ashton Wagler along with baskets by Brandon Graber and Christian pushed BR’s lead to 40-28 with about four minutes to go in the third period.  That would be the Vikings biggest lead but it would soon start melting away as Orleans would cut the margin to 43-36 at the third quarter break.
   Orleans kept up their aggressive play on the defensive end and hit well on the offensive end to retake the lead at 49-48 with about 3 minutes to play in the contest.  A basket by Ashton Wagler put BR back on top 50-49 but Orleans came back to retake the lead at 51-50 with about 2 minutes to go.  Trey Hughes then canned a three to put BR back on top to stay at 53-51 with 1:25 to go on the clock.  BR had several opportunities to put the game away but missed the front end of two free throw attempts.  Finally after a miss by Orleans, BR’s Trey Hughes was fouled with 4.5 seconds left on the clock.  He sank both free throws to give Barr-Reeve the final margin of victory.
    Trey Hughes led Barr-Reeve with 20 points on 5 3-pointers while Christian Duncheon and Brandon Graber were also in double figures with 11 a piece.  The Vikings were 12-18 from the free throw line and shot well from the field while turning the ball over 10 times.  Barr-Reeve improves to 2-1 on the season while Orleans drops to 3-1.  
  After the game Coach Bryan Hughes was happy with the win, “We knew coming into this ballgame that we were going to have our hands full as Orleans is a good ball club and they are well coached.  With Trey’s (Hughes) injury to his shooting hand, we really did not know how he would be able to perform out there tonight but our kids did what they had to do and it was good to get a good win tonight over a good opponent.”  
   In the junior varsity contest the Vikings came out on top 42-23 over the Bulldogs.   The Vikings led 28-7 at halftime and led after three quarters 38-18 and won 42-23.  The junior varsity Vikings improve to 3-0 on the season.
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Barr-Reeve’s Trey Hughes is shown here as he connects on one of his five three’s on the night as he led his team with 20 points inspite of a hand injury from the previous night at Pike Central.  Hughes also sank two free throws with 4.5 second to go in the game to extend Barr-Reeve’s lead to four as they held on for the win.  
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