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Barr-Reeve Vikings defeats Pike Central 56-47
By Louie Kavanaugh Jr.
   The Barr-Reeve Vikings defeated Pike Central in a real battle Friday night and it definitely could have been called a battle.  Pike Central is an aggressive team and at times looked like it was carried over from the football team.  And it may be very costly for the Vikings as Trey Hughes was injured early in the game and tried to play but it became evident he would not be able to continue.  He was in and out during the first half but played very little during the second half.  The injury is to his index finger.
   The Vikings started in good shape as they led 9-1 on three pointers by Willie Helms and Trey Hughes but by the end of the first quarter the lead was cut to 12-10 with the Vikings still leading.  Pike Central tied the game at 14 but the Vikings connected on two field goals to lead 18-14 as the Chargers ran the clock down and sank a long 3 pointer just before the first half ended to cut the margin to one at 18-17.  Trey Hughes was held to just one three pointer in the first half.  
   The Chargers hit for two to start the third period and took their first lead at 19-18.  The Chargers continued to hold leads of 1-3 points till midway thru the quarter.  
  With the Chargers leading 28-26, Brandon Graber sank a basket underneath and Jon Gingerich stole the ball and went down and scored and was fouled.  He sank the free throw to put Barr-Reeve to stay at 31-26.  After the Vikings trailed 28-26 the Vikings outscored the Chargers 12-0 and the Vikings never trailed after that point. The third quarter ended with the Vikings holding a 35-28 lead.  
   The fourth quarter started with a 3-pointer from Ashton Wagler to extend the Viking lead to 38-28 and the Vikings did not allow Pike Central to get any closer than 6 points the remainder of the game.  Sophomore Ashton Wagler who had been battling the flu bug all week led the Vikings with 13 points and all coming in the last half. Brandon Graber was also in double figures with 11 along with Willie Helms with 10 and Christian Duncheon chipped in with 9.  Trey Hughes was held to four points on one 3-pointer and 1-2 from the free throw line.  The Vikings were 26-38 from the free throw line in the very physical game.  
  In the junior varsity contest the Vikings came out on top 40-30 over the Chargers.   The Vikings led 14-0 at the end of the first quarter and 26-13 at halftime.  The Chargers came back and cut the margin but still trailed after three quarters 32-21.  The Vikings move to 2-0 on the season.
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