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Valpo Comes Up Short on the Road in DAC Championship


The fans came out in thousands to see the biggest game in the great state of Indiana on Friday night as Valpo came up short to rival Chesterton 57-60 in overtime. 

In front of a sold out and standing room only crowd Valparaiso jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and won the first quarter 10-5. Chesterton countered back to tie it at 10 to start the second but the Vikings swung back to go up 17-10 which was the biggest lead of the night for Valpo. We headed into halftime up 21-18. 

The second half was back and forth punches throughout giving the fans what they paid to see, as the Trojans won the third quarter by three tying the game up heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth it was much of the same as both teams scored 16 to force the game into overtime. 
Valpo traded baskets to start overtime but eventually came up short, losing 57-60 to crown Chesterton as Duneland Athletic Conference champions. 
Mason Jones scored 28 points including 7 points from the free throw line and added in 7 rebounds. Breece Walls continued to fill up the stat sheet with 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. 

The Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team finished up the conference season with a win over the Chesterton Trojans 37-21. Caden Crowell had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Michael Ridley had 8 points, and Tyler Vershure and Alec Platipodis each had two steals. The defense overall was very stingy holding Chesterton to .50 Points per Possession. 

Valpo Life Photos of last night's game

Valpo will have one more dress rehearsal next Friday February 25th at Hammond Central with JV tipping at 5:30pm and varsity to follow at 7:00pm. Following that will be postseason kicking off with sectionals which will all take place at Portage High School. The sectional draw takes place this Sunday starting at 4:00pm.

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