Barr-Reeve basketball coach Bryan Hughes knows big victories can sometimes be short-lived. Last Saturday night at Orleans, Hughes picked up his 450th career victory, but with the Tecumseh Braves (1-2) coming to Kavanaugh Kourt on Friday night, The Vikings made sure no let-down was in order as the Class 1A No. 3 Vikings moved to 4-0 with a 53-36 victory.
After a slow start which saw Tecumseh hold a narrow 8-7 advantage, Barr-Reeve woke up in a big way, thanks in part to Jon McMullen. The junior sharpshooter drilled four three-point baskets in the quarter which accounted for all of his 12 points. Logan James and Brandon Wagler also helped the Viking attack with a made triple. The Vikings drilled six baskets from long distance in the quarter, and a one-point deficit became a 30-15 halftime advantage.
Another bright spot for the Vikings continues to be 6-5 center Jacob Bledsoe. Bledsoe finished with a team high 15 points, and Hughes said the senior has worked hard to be successful. "Jacob has put in a lot of time on his body, and he is definitely seeing the results." The second half saw the Vikings increase their lead to as much as 21 with a
51-30 margin, and eventually settled into the final margin of 53-36.
Although the victory moved the Vikings to 4-0 on the season, Hughes says there are still plenty of things to improve as the season moves along. "I would have liked to have seen us be a little more ready to play. Sometimes you have to remember these are 15, 16, or 17 year old kids, and they been told how well they played all week at Orleans. We did pick it up after the first quarter however." The Vikings did face some significant foul issues for the first time this season as Addison Wagler picked up his second foul less than four minutes into the contest. Although Hughes wasn¹t happy with the foul issues, he was pleased with how his bench responded to the adversity of losing their leading scorer early in the game. "The guys we put in there (Heath Graber, Brandon Wagler, and Myron Stoll) did a great job, and we were able to increase the lead." A pair of Blue Chip Conference contests await Barr-Reeve next week as North Knox visits Kavanaugh Kourt on Tuesday night, and Shoals comes to town on Friday night. Both contests will get under way at 6 p.m.