FRENCH LICK —
Class A No. 3 Barr-Reeve got a quick start and then held off host Springs Valley, 67-53, Tuesday in boys basketball.
Micah Bullock hit a pair of 3-pointers to give the Vikings (17-1) a 6-0 lead that spread to 13-2 before Springs Valley (7-11) could respond.
The Blackhawks had defeated state-ranked Class A Borden in their previous outing, 34-31, but the Vikings had reached that marker by half, leading 33-23 in a half that ended with the teams sharing 11 points in the final 1:20.
"They (Springs Valley) exposed in us some of the things they I thought they would," Barr-Reeve coach Bryan Hughes said. "They are one of the quickest teams we've played all year. It's a good win." The Vikings had things their way in the opening quarter, holding a 15-4 lead before the quarter ended 19-9 Barr-Reeve, with many of the points coming inside.
"We felt like we could take it in there," Hughes said, "but as the game progressed it got to the point where they (the officials) allowed them to wrestle in there and it was hard to get the ball into the post." Springs Valley attempted to cut into the Viking lead with a six-point run to cut the gap to 23-15. Barr-Reeve also started to face some foul problems inside, with Bledsoe whistled for three fouls and Wagler two.
But, with a 25-17 lead at the midpoint of the second quarter, the Vikings outscored the Blackhawks, 8-6, the remainder of the way with Heath Graber scoring six points.
Most of those points came in the final 80 seconds of the half where the Vikings led 31-18 before the Blackhawks cut the gap back to 33-23 at the break.
Despite the foul problem, Wagler paced the Vikings with 12 points in the first half. Bullock ended with 10 and Graber had six.
Springs Valley cut the lead to 33-25 in the early going of the second half, but that was as close as the Blackhawks would get.
Brandon Wagler hit a pair of 3-pointers, Addison Wagler made a pair of buckets and free throws as did Bullock and the Vikings led at the end of the third, 54-38.
Addison Wagler did pick up his fourth foul late in the third quarter, and was replaced by Bledsoe who had three.
But those foul problems proved to be of little concern as the Vikings cruised through the fourth quarter.
The Blackhawks did get the first five points of the fourth quarter with Addison Wagler on the bench, but the Vikings got baskets from Graber and Brandon Wagler to boost the lead back to 58-45. Bullock then converted an old fashioned three-point play and Barr-Reeve was up 61-45.
Bullock finished with 23 points and Addison Wagler had 19. Graber scored 10 and Brandon Wagler had eight.
"I thought Micah played well and came up with some big plays," Hughes said. "Brandon hit some shots for us in the second half. I¹m happy." Barr-Reeve gets back into Blue Chip Conference games, visiting Vincennes Rivet on Friday.