Valpo uses 4th Quarter Comeback to Defeat #5 Penn

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Just one day after coming back from a 16 point deficit against a conference opponent the Vikings were back in action at home versus a top 5 opponent in Penn (8-1). 
In a game of runs back in forth throughout the night Penn was able to capture the first three quarters 15-17 after the 1st, 31-38 at halftime, and 46-54 heading into the 4th quarter. As Valpo learned the night before it's never over till it's over. Valpo found themselves down by 13 (48-61) with 7:01 left in the fourth quarter before putting together a run themselves. Blaine Dalton went down and scored on a layup and a Penn turnover followed by a top of the key 3 by Michael Flynn cut Penn's lead to 8 (53-61). A pair of free throws for Penn was answered by a three from Dalton followed by a Penn turnover and another three from Valpo this time Mason Jones to cut the lead to 4 (59-63).
 
After a Penn timeout, the Vikings forced a turnover on a 5 second call which lead to a Flynn layup. Dalton forced a steal and came down the court to hit Flynn for another 3 to give Valpo a 64-63 lead. 












Penn retook the lead on free throws but Jack Smiley answered back with a 12 foot pull up. The Kingsmen answered right back with a 2 of their own to go up by 1 but once again Flynn knocked down a wing 3 to send us back up 2 (69-67). Penn made two free throws to tie up at 69 but the three pointers continued to fall for the Vikings as Smiley knocked one down to go up 72-69.

 
Back and forth free throws and a Jones layup gave Valpo the lead 74-73 with just 6 seconds left and Penn with the ball in transition but Jones came up with a game saving block and Breece Walls was able to tip the ball out as time expired.

Jones scored the team high 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Flynn added 19 points, and Smiley had 13. The Vikings shot 9 of 11 on three pointers in the second half. 
 
The Valpo JV Boys basketball team lost to Penn 39-31. Matt Hofer was the leading scorer with 8. 
Tyler Vershure had 3 steals and Michael Ridley had 5 rebounds. 

The Vikings are back in action next Friday and Saturday both at home vs. Michigan City and South Bend Washington.