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Barr-Reeve stays on top of BCC

Feb. 14—OAKLAND CITY — Barr-Reeve (17-2, 1A No. 2) firmly grabbed pole position of the race for the Blue Chip Conference championship with a 53-34 victory over Wood Memorial (11-9) on Tuesday night in Montgomery. Although there were plenty of fireworks in the game, it was hot Viking three-point shooting that gave Barr-Reeve at least a tie for the conference title.

Senior Donnie Miller got the Vikes off to a hot start early as he scored two quick buckets surrounded by a three-ball, as Barr-Reeve quickly jumped out to a 10-2 advantage. After leading 13-7 at the end of the quarter courtesy of a Seth Wagler triple, things got a bit testy in The Big Ship.

The first round of fireworks happened late in the second quarter. With 2:13 remaining before halftime, and the Vikings with a 26-13 lead, Trojan Coach Brian Schoonover was ejected after receiving back to back technical fouls arguing a foul call that went against the Trojans. Viking Senior Braydon Knepp cashed in all four free-throws for a 30-13 lead, and the Barr-Reeve lead wouldn't fall under a dozen the rest of the night.

The second round of fireworks was the Vikings continuing their hot shooting into the second half. Barr-Reeve connected on 9-16 shots from long distance on the night to continue to increase their lead.

After two triples from Donnie Miller, and another from Kendall Graber in the third quarter to keep the advantage at 14, Barr-Reeve again used a patient offense in the final quarter to extend their lead and milk the clock. A driving layup by Seth Wagler moved the Viking lead to 19, and that's where it would stay for the 53-34 final.

"I thought our guys did a good job playing through a pretty physical game. We ran some of our counters to get guys some clean looks, and our kids executed, but also made plays on their own when the chances presented themselves," said Viking Coach Josh Thompson.

Miller led a balanced Viking attack with 19, and was followed by Seth Wagler with 14, and Knepp with 12.

Barr-Reeve will return to action on Friday night when they can clinch the Blue Chip Conference title at Vincennes Rivet, and will be back home on Saturday against Southridge. The Vikings will celebrate homecoming (originally scheduled for Jan.13) against the Raiders.