EVANSVILLE — Same opponent, different venue, same result, as Barr-Reeve again defeated Evansville Memorial for the second straight year in the River City Showdown in a game that was originally scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend but had to be delayed because of a conflict with Memorial’s football team.
Memorial might have hoped that this game was rescheduled as well, as B-R put the game out of reach in the first four minutes, taking an 18-0 lead and never looked back in the 76-37 win.
B-R ended up 11-19 (57%) from the 3-point line and turned the ball over just seven time, helping move the Vikes to 3-0 for the year.
B-R got 16 first half points from Devin Graber, 18 from Hagen Knepp and 16 from Keegan O’Neill in spite of just 17 minutes on the floor.
“We weren’t happy with our defensive effort on Saturday, but the kids had a great effort at that end of the court in practice yesterday and I think it really showed tonight,” said B-R coach Josh Thompson.
“Everybody on this team has a role, and I think Devin knew what his role was and did a great job with it. Brycen did a great job of setting the table for us tonight.”
Devin Graber was hot early with three treys and the first 11 points of the game. Jacob Wagler added a trey, before Devin Graber added his 13 point of the quarter to make it 18-0. Memorial finally got on the board with a free throw with 2:15 left. Hagen Knepp also had a 7-point run of his own as B-R went up 24-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Keegan O’Neill picked his first points of the game early in the second, after facing an early foul. However, Wagler and Devin Graber stayed hot from 3-point land, as did Jamison Miller who helped B-R out to a 39-17 lead with 2:30 left in the half. Brycen Graber’s defense turned into a transition basket and an assist off a Knepp trey to send B-R into the half with a Tyson Knepp bucket and a 48-21 lead, in a half that saw B-R go 9-12 from behind the arc.
“Keegan got in foul trouble early, but we left him in there for a while because we know at some point he will have to play with two fouls. I thought he did a great job of handling himself tonight. I though we did a good job of finding him in the second half,” said Thompson.
The Vikes went on an 8-3 run to open the third. O’Neil then added a trey to make it 59-24 with 3:00 left in the quarter. O’Neill also added a traditional 3-pointer and a pair of free throws for a 7-0 run of his own. When the smoke cleared at the end of the third, 65-28.
Brycen Graber added his first trey of the night to open the fourth, while O’Neill stayed busy on the offensive end as well.
Aaron Wagler, Hagen Knepp rounded out the scoring in the 76-37 Viking win.
Also scoring for B-R was Jacob Wagler with nine, seven from Brycen Graber, five from Tyson Knepp, three from Jamison Miller and two from Aaron Wagler. Hagen Knepp led with seven boards, while O’Neill had five.
Cade Graham led Memorial with 11 points.
B-R travels to Pike Central on Friday.