Posted On: 03/28/15 4:30 PM
The Barr-Reeve Vikings led for 30 of the 32 minutes of regulation in Saturday’s 1A State Championship game to secure their first ever Boy’s Basketball title.
After losing to Marquette Catholic in last year’s 1A Championship, the Vikings came back to Bankers Life Fieldhouse with a vengeance, leading by double-digits for the entirety of the second half. Barr-Reeve held Marquette Catholic to just 36% from the field (33% in the first half), allowing just two Blazers to score in double figures (Ryan Fazekas and Tommy Wilson).
Malcolm Reed opened the scoring for both teams with a bucket down low, but Barr-Reeve jumped out to a 14-7 lead with just less than two minutes remaining in the first. Both teams struggled with free throws in the first quarter, but ultimately the Vikings were able to capitalize and ended the quarter with a 16-9 lead. Duncan Roy scored 8 points in the first, while Fazekas added 5 for Marquette Catholic.
The Blazers went on a 6-0 run to start the second quarter, bringing the lead down to 21-15 for Barr-Reeve. Five points from Seth Swartzentruber extended Barr-Reeve’s lead to 34-20 with 2:05 left in the first half, an 11-2 run from the Vikings. No field goals were made by either team in the final 3:22 of the first half. Barr-Reeve held Marquette Catholic to just 33% from the field in the first, while shooting 50% on their own end.
As the second half began, both teams missed a pair of buckets but Fazekas and Addison Wagler added two points apiece with just less than six minutes left in the third. With 4:49 left in the quarter, Wagler picked up his third foul and left the floor, but Marquette Catholic was still unable to capitalize on a smaller lineup from the Vikings. The teams went on to miss four straight layups on both ends, but two free throws from Duncan Roy and two missed free throws from Fazekas brought the lead to 38-27. With 52.9 remaining in the third, Swartzentruber drilled a three-pointer to extend the lead to 41-27, but Fazekas closed the quarter with a transition layup to bring the game within eleven points.
As the fourth quarter began, free throws from Fazekas brought Marquette Catholic within ten points, but a 5-0 run behind Swartzentruber gave Barr-Reeve a 51-36 lead with just over four minutes remaining. The Vikings added another two points on the next possession to earn a 17-point lead, and Marquette Catholic was forced to foul for the final three minutes to try and cut into the deficit. The Vikings capitalized from the charity stripe to end the game and walked away with a 65-50 win.
Duncan Roy led Barr-Reeve in scoring with 17 points, followed by Seth Swartzentruber with 16 and Addison Wagler with 12. Ryan Fazekas scored 18 for the Blazers, followed by Tommy Wilson with 13 and Tyshaun Smallwood with 8.
Both teams will move up to 2A next season as a part of the IHSAA’s Legacy Rule.