Valpo Finishes Undefeated at Home
The Vikings wrapped up their last home game of the 2021-22 season in fashion Friday night as they dominated from start to finish, defeating the Crown Point Bulldogs (14-5).
In front of a great crowd, including many future Vikings who came out for Valpo Youth Basketball Night, Valpo did not disappoint jumping out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter. The Vikings kept the momentum going winning the second quarter by three to go into halftime with a 36-18 lead. Much of the same took place in the second half with Valpo winning the third 18-13 and the fourth 18-11 giving Valpo a thirty point victory 72-42.
Many different factors played a key role in the victory, but the biggest storyline was the team's defensive effort, which held the typically great three point shooting Bulldogs to just 16% from deep on 4 of 24 shooting. Adler Hazlett, Blaine Dalton, and Breece Walls stepped up to defend the three point specialist guards from CP, while great help side defense came from the deep Viking roster, which held CP to just .76 points per possession.
Mason Jones once again led both teams in scoring finishing with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. Michael Flynn added 12 points and 4 rebounds, Jack Smiley had 11 points and 4 rebounds, and Dalton finished with 10 points.
The victory moved the Vikings to 18-3 on the season and 6-0 in Duneland Athletic Conference action. The victory also secured an undefeated season on our homecourt.
The Junior Varsity Boys basketball team lost to CP 49-40 Friday. Matt Hofer led the way with 9 points and 6 rebounds. Dwayne Smith ad Jaden Adams had two steals. Caden Crowell and Michael Ridley each scored 7 points.
Next up on Friday Feb. 18th, we have the DAC conference Championship game taking place at Chesterton High School with JV starting at 5:30pm and Varsity following at 7:00pm.
Thank you to all of our students that came out representing our Valparaiso Basketball Skills Academy and Valpo Hoops League! Also thank you to Palmer Photography and Valpo Life for the great coverage!