Valpo Finishes Runner Up in Phil Cox Memorial Tournament


Your Vikings continued their winter break road trip by traveling down to Kokomo to take place in the Phil Cox Memorial Tournament in the historic Memorial Gym.
The Vikings first played an athletic South Bend Riley team (7-4) on Wednesday Night. Valpo came out fighting right away winning the first quarter 16-12 and headed into halftime up up 30-22. A strong defensive effort in the third quarter broke the game open as we held Riley to just 4 points in the third and closed out the game winning the fourth as well. Balanced scoring across the board as Mason Jones finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, Walls 12 points, Hazlett with 9, Dalton with 8, McCall with 6, Smiley with 5, and Kuka with 4. 
With the win the Vikings advanced to the semifinal game with took place on Thursday versus the host team Kokomo (7-4). Valpo executed a great team defensive game plan to slow down the 6'10 sophomore for the Wildkats. Once again a strong defensive quarter opened the game up as we held Kokomo to just 2 points in the second quarter to take a 12 point lead into halftime 25-13. The third and fourth quarters were split  and the Vikings got the win 50-38. Freshman Jack Smiley had the top performance scoring a career high 18 points and Jones finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds.
The Vikings earned the chance to play for a midseason championship later on Thursday night as they took on the Warriors from Warren Central (5-4). Valpo came out strong winning the first quarter 19-17 and tying the second to take a 2 point lead into halftime 29-27. Despite a great team effort Warren Central was able to gain a lead in the third and hold on during the fourth despite a great team comeback and a chance to tie in the final few possessions. Walls led the team with 12 points and Jones had 11.
Next up for your Vikings is the conference opener at Portage (9-1) followed by a Saturday home game against Penn (7-0).