By Dennis Glade Times Herald
The Washington Times-Herald
---- — MONTGOMERY — Prior to Friday night’s game against Bloomfield, Barr-Reeve celebrated one of its largest senior classes in 40 years. Once the festivities ended, the Vikings finished off the regular season the way they started it — with a victory.
Class A No. 1 Barr-Reeve (20-1) defeated Bloomfield 66-33 behind a dominant second half that saw them outscore the Cardinals 37-10 on Senior Night at Kavanaugh Kourt. The Vikings had three players in double figures.
Barr-Reeve led by as many as 12 in the first half, but the Cardinals made a run to end the second quarter to cut the lead to six and were within striking distance. That all changed after halftime. After letting Bloomfield back in the game with a late second quarter run, the Vikings made a statement in the third quarter.
“It was good for us to get a first half like that,” said Barr-Reeve coach. “It seemed like they were hitting every shot and I didn’t think we played all that bad in the first half. I thought we had some really nice interior passing, it was just good to get in a battle and respond the way we did.”
Barr-Reeve won the third quarter by a 22-8 score to take a 52-31 lead heading to the fourth. Addison Wagler led the Vikings with eight points in the quarter and Chris Wittmer had five, but Micah Bullock had the final word in a dominant Bar-Reeve quarter. In the final 10 seconds of the third, Bullock hit a 3-pointer from the right wing and stole the Bloomfield inbound pass with enough time to knock down another trey before time expired.
“I know Chris Wittmer hasn’t done that a lot this year, but he’s one of our players who stay after practice to work on his shooting,” Hughes said. “It was just fun to watch him shoot the ball tonight and then the end of the third quarter with Micah’s couple plays, it was just a fun evening. Great crowd here tonight and I’m just happy for our players.”
In the fourth quarter, the Vikings’ offensive assault continued. Wittmer, Bullock and Duncan Roy hit a 3-pointer each to push the lead to 61-31. After a Jared Myers basket, Wittmer hit his fourth trey of the night, Connor Swartzentruber and senior Ryan Knepp both split a pair of free throws to close out the 33-point victory. The Vikings hit 11 3-pointers. Bullock had 18 to lead Barr-Reeve, Wagler had 15, Wittmer added 14, Roy had nine, James had five, Knepp added four and Swartzentruber had one point.
We accomplished two things tonight — winning 20 games in the season and an undefeated home court,” Hughes said.
With the capacity crowd in an uproar from the Senior Night celebration, the Vikings opened the game on an 11-3 run before Bloomfield could breathe. Brandon Van Sant’s layup cut the lead to six points, but back-to-back buckets from Logan James and Micah Bullock expanded the lead to 16-7 after one quarter.
Bloomfield’s Clayton Burch opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer to cut the Barr-Reeve lead to six points, but the Vikings responded with an 8-0 run to push the lead to 24-12. Burch scored five straight points, followed by four straight from Van Sant to cut the lead to 24-21. Addison Wagler responded with a three-point play with 46 seconds to play in the first half to push the lead back to six points.
The Vikings went into halftime with a 29-23 lead as Burch led all scorers with 10 points and Bullock had nine.
The four seniors — Bullock, Logan Lengacher, Knepp and Jon McMullen got a rousing ovation as they left the floor late in the fourth quarter in their final game in front of the home fans of Barr-Reeve.
The Vikings will take the court again at the Class A Sectional 63 Tuesday night against North Daviess at the Cougar Den. Barr-Reeve defeated North Daviess 68-53, Jan. 25 in the Buggy Bowl game at Kavanaugh Kourt.
“We have practice tomorrow morning at 10 and we’ll start right away,” Hughes said. “We just have Saturday and Monday, two days of preparation and practice. Then we’re in the state tournament and you have to win to play again. They have gotten better and we have gotten a lot better.”