By: Joshua Martin
The Barr-Reeve High School Vikings Basketball team were defeated by the Marquette Catholic High School Blazers with the final score of 70 to 66 during the IHSAA State Championship of Boys Class A State Finals, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Vikings started the game well and kept it tight with the Blazers and finished the first quarter only down by four with the Blazers at 17 and the Vikings at 13. The Vikings would battle back in the second quarter and out score the Blazers 13 to 11 making the score 28 to 26 heading into the locker room with the Blazers ahead. The Vikings took control to start the third by stretching the lead to ten points and put up twenty on the board over the Blazers eleven to start the fourth with a 46 to 39 lead. All was looking to a victory for the Vikings until the Blazers dialed in the defense and evened the score back up. The Vikings battled back despite the lack of offensive rebounding. The Vikings kept it close and at the end of regulation the score was tied at 62. The Blazers won the tip to start overtime and never looked back. The Blazers scored from every possible place and still had the best rebounding on offense or defense. The Blazers held the Vikings to only four points in overtime to earn the victory over the valiant effort of the Vikings.
The leading scorers for the Vikings were, Addison Wagler, with twenty-five points and eight rebounds, going nine for eighteen on two-point field goals and seven for seven from the line. Micah Bullock had twenty-three points and six assists, going eight for seventeen from two point range and five for nine from three point range.
Bullock went two for two from the line and at the conclusion of the game was awarded the Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award. The Trester award is annually presented to a senior participant in the state finals who best demonstrated mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability and is named after the IHSAA’s first commissioner who served the Association from 1929 to 1944. Bullock is the son of Steve and Wanda Bullock of Montgomery, Ind. He is undecided on his college choice.
The Vikings finish the season with a 26 and 2 record to win the IHSAA State Championship Boys Class A Second Place Title.