MONTGOMERY — For the Barr- Reeve Vikings, it was all about numbers on Friday night. The featured number was a first, as in this was the first time B-R and Mater Dei had ever played each other. The number 10 was also important, as it was the Vikes 10th win of the year and the number 1,000 was prominent as Viking Curt Hopf went over the 1,000-point career scoring mark.
Class A No. 1 B-R ( 10-2) posted the 67-37 win that featured 23 points from Hopf and double figures from Hagen Knepp and Brycen Graber, along with a defense that let up just 12 points in the second half.
“Defensively, I thought we played very well except for just a couple of minutes,” said B-R coach Josh Thompson. “Curt had a good game and I thought Brycen had a great night passing.”
The Vikes opened with Hagen Knepp, Brycen Graber and Devin Graber all going to the basket for a 6-1 lead. However, it was the next bucket that might have been the most memorable, as it gave Hopf his 1,000th career point in just two-and-a-half seasons of play.
Kayden Graber hit the first 3-pointer of the game and a 15-3 lead. Devin Graber added a trey at the buzzer and sent the Vikes into the second quarter with a 20-6 lead.
Knepp and Hopf continued put the pressure on Mater Dei making it 24-7. Brycen Graber added a longball, but B-R was without Knepp who picked up his second foul early in the quarter. The tempo remained quick for both squads, but B-R was able to maintain a 15-point lead with 2:30 left in the half.
B-R appeared to hold the hall for the last shot which was a bucket from Hopf, but Landon Folz hit a buzzer-beater to cut the lead to 31-19 at the half.
The Vikings stretched the lead to 37-19 early in the third, as Brycen Graber added free throws, followed by buckets from Knepp and Hopf. Kayden Graber added his second trey, while Hopf posted a bucket and rim-rocking dunk to move the Vikes to 44-22 lead with 3:45 left in the third.
B-R ended the quarter out scoring Mater Dei 25-6 and went into the fourth with a 56-25 lead.
The Vikes got a chance to utilize most of their reserves in the fourth quarter, including a trey from Will Craig, and a bucket from Nick Swartzentruber to help finish off the win, 67-31.
After Hopf’s 23, B-R got 11 from Brycen Graber, 13 from Knepp, eight from Kayden Graber, seven from Devin Graber, three from Craig and two from Tommy Kidwell.
“We have to get ready for two big ones next week, but overall it was a good night,” said Thompson.
The JV Vikings fell 44-39, with Aaron Wagler leading the Vikings 17 points, while Reed Thompson had seven and Nick Swartzentruber had six.
The Vikes are off until next Friday, when they host Loogootee for the first time in the new Viking arena and the play North Daviess on Saturday.