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NEWBURGH – The Barr-Reeve boys basketball team has seen many things over the years, but one of the few things they have rarely had to deal with is a losing streak. After close losses to highly ranked Fort Wayne Blackhawk and Loogootee, the Vikes lost another one in the closing minute on Friday to Evansville Mater Dei. The schedule didn’t get any easier on Saturday night when Barr-Reeve was back near Evansville to face 4A Castle.

Saturday night’s game witnessed three second half lead changes, but Castle dominated the glass, and outscored the Vikings 10-2 in transition baskets to win 61-52. The Vikings fell to 7-6 on the season with the loss.

After a slow offensive start that saw the Vikings trail 23-18 at halftime, Barr-Reeve warmed up in the third quarter. A quick flurry of baskets by Kayden Graber put the Vikings in front 25-23, and eventually Barr-Reeve led 34-31 before a late 8-0 run by Castle gave the Knights a 40-35 lead heading to the final quarter.

Barr-Reeve made several runs in the fourth quarter, and had multiple possessions with chances to tie or take the lead, but Castle held firm on the defensive end, and closed the game out at the free-throw line. The final score of 61-52 represented the Knight’s biggest lead of the night.

Viking coach Josh Thompson said his team has areas to improve. “We seemed to get stops, but Castle really battled to get second and third chances all night. That’s almost always the difference in close games.” Castle outrebounded Barr-Reeve 26-15, and scored 15 second-chance points on their 12 offensive rebounds. The Viking did finish the game shooting 50% from the field (19-38), including a 7-17 effort from the three-point line.

The Vikings put three players in double-figures, and were led by Graber’s game high 21 points. He was followed by Hagen Knepp with 17, and Cameron Madison with 10.

Barr-Reeve will return to action on Tuesday night with a boys/girls doubleheader at the Bird Cage with Washington Catholic. The girls game will begin at 6 p.m.

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