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January 9, 2014

Vikings ready for Challenge Cup

MONTGOMERY — The Barr-Reeve boys basketball team have been the top team in Class A this season, but Saturday it will face the toughest test of the season.

The Class A No. 1 Vikings (9-0) travel to Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. to take on Elizabethtown (Ky.) as part of the Indiana v. Kentucky Challenge Cup Saturday afternoon.

Through the first nine games of the season, Barr-Reeve has outscored its opponents by an average score of 58-40. The Vikings have had only one game decided by five points or less, and that was a 50-48 win over Class 3A No. 6 Brownstown Central (6-1) Dec. 27 in Elnora at the Graber Post Buildings Classic.

“We like where we’re at,” said Barr-Reeve coach Bryan Hughes. “We have played all year with a target on our back and we’ve gotten a lot of teams best efforts — I like the make up of our team, we have great depth. We are just looking forward to Saturday and playing a really good Elizabethtown team.”

The Vikings returned three off their five starters from last season in senior Micah Bullock, junior Addison Wagler and sophomore Logan James. Guard Chris Wittmer and transfer forward Duncan Roy have joined the starting lineup to Barr-Reeve a formidable five-man lineup. This season Bullock has taken center stage as possibly the best player in the area in his senior season.

The lefty has used his athleticism and quickness to stupify defenses all season. Bullock’s 34 points in Barr-Reeve’s 64-45 win at Northeast Dubois was an example of the step forward he has taken this season. While Bullock’s success early on this season may have taken some in Southwestern Indiana by surprise, Hughes wasn’t one of them.

“Micah has developed into a really good player,” Hughes said. “I look back to when he was a junior high kid and he was small and thin and weak and he’s always had some skill, but now his body has caught up with him. He’s got length, athleticism and he shoots the ball very well, which makes him a very good offensive player. What he’s doing is not really surprising, because I’ve seen him play for so long.”

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