Vikings Comeback from 16 in DAC Opener
In a game of two completely different halves Valpo was able to erase a 16 point halftime deficit to win 50-47 in our DAC opener at Portage Friday night. Valpo came out swinging to start the game opening with a 7-0 run but Portage was able to punch back ending the 1st quarter with a 3 at the buzzer to take a 14-12 lead. Portage continued with the momentum going on a 20-3 run and took a 33-17 lead into halftime.
That's where things changed as the Vikings came out of the locker room with energy and pride winning the third quarter 19 to 9 cutting the deficit to just 6 points to start the fourth. Michael Flynn and Adler Hazlett knocked down two huge back to back three pointers to make it a 42-44 Portage lead. Portage retook the lead 47-46 with 40 seconds remaining after splitting a pair of free throws. Valpo came down and was able to get Mason Jones on the left block for a power layup which was missed but Jones stuck with it and got the offensive put back to take the lead 48-47 with 23 seconds left. Connor McCall came up with a steal with 11 seconds remaining and was sent to the line where he knocked down both free throws to seal the victory at 50-47.
Breece Walls finished with a team high 13 points including 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Blaine Dalton with 11 points and Jones had 9.
The Junior Varsity Boys basketball team defeated the Portage Indians 52-32. Matt Hofer and Alec Platipodis played tough inside and scored 10 points and 8 points respectively. Justin Clark and Jaden Adams led the backcourt 8 points and 7 points. Freshman Caden Crowell scored 12 off the bench, and Michael Riley had 12 rebounds and a team high 4 assists.
Next up for the Vikings is a a home showdown against 8-0 Penn on Saturday January 8th with JV tipping at 5:00pm and Varsity following.