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Barr-Reeve revs by Loogootee
  In front of a stairwell-sitting crowd by the time the junior varsity got underway, the annual rivalry between Blue Chip border schools Barr-Reeve and Loogootee played out inside the Viking gym on Saturday night.  After an outstanding reserve game that finished in somewhat anti-climatic fashion for the visitors, the home team played doubly-tough host by knocking off the varsity Lions in comfortable fashion 63-44.  
   The preliminary was an overtime thriller, with the exception of the last 1.5 seconds, as B-R remained undefeated by the slimmest of margins 33-32.  Needing a three-pointer to force another extra period, Travis Sergent’s un-guarded lay-in cut the margin to one as time expired.  Ben Hogan, who played the final period and OT, led the squad with nine while Sergent mustered eight.  Jordan Arvin added seven, Daniel Wildman four, Matt Tucker two, and Bryant Ackerman two as well.
  The Barr-Reeve machine revved itself right away in the main event as they raced out to a 17-7 first stanza bulge.  Directing traffic all night long were Viking stalwart guards Ethan Knepp and Trey Hughes; the duo put together 39, with the junior point and coach’s son getting two dozen of those markers.  
  Meanwhile, the Lions had no luck in finding the bottom of the net in the first half, trailing 28-17 at intermission.  
  The Vikes ran away from Loogootee in the third frame, and the contest became a free-throw-a-thon in the last several minutes.  
  That perhaps was the one bright spot, as Patrick Bowling knocked in a perfect 12-12 charity tosses as he accumulated a team-high 19.  Tyler Bratton had another nice night offensively, recording a baker’s dozen.  John Baugh also reached double figures with 10.  Hogan put in the other two points while Tyler Trambaugh, Brett Mattingly, Jared Mann, and Josh Divine were all blanked from the field and line.  
  While B-R hit the basket with great frequency and crashed the boards, Loogootee suffered from the field and did not get to the backboards with any authority.  The loss was the Lions’ first in BCC play; meanwhile, B-R moves on unscathed in the Blue Chip hoping to repeat their conference title from one year ago.  Overall, Loogootee sits at 8-3 and is ranked ninth.  The Vikes sit at 11-2 with a number three rating in 1A.
-Photo by Larry Hembree
Senior Tyler Bratton makes a move to the hoop en route to 13 points in the Lions loss to Barr-Reeve 63-44 Saturday night.
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