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Posted On: 03/17/18 2:12 PM
Barr-Reeve and Morristown locked in a duel for a place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse next weekend. This was a game for the ages as Morristown pulled ahead early but Barr-Reeve battled back. The game was never more than a double-digit game and both teams battled tough.
Barr-Reeve’s big man Keegan O’Neill was in foul trouble the entire game and sat on the bench for most of the first half. Barr-Reeve came out hot in the second half opening up a quick eight-point lead before Morristown flew back to take the lead.
The fourth quarter was all Morristown as they took the lead and never looked back. Hayden Langkabel was getting to the rim the entire quarter. Morristown easily cruised to handle the victory without letting Barr-Reeve get it to a one possession game. They knocked down free throws down the stretch and pulled it out.
Best Offensive Player: Hayden Langkabel (Morristown)
Langkabel started slow in the first half but in the second half he really turned it on. He had one of the best dunks that I’ve seen when he dunked on a Barr-Reeve guy in transition. He was getting to the line and hitting three-pointers. He was electric and really led his team to the win.
Best Defensive Player: The Morristown defense
I can’t pick any certain player who led the charge defensively as they all hounded big man Keegan O’Neill. They only allowed him 12 points on 5/12 shooting from the floor. They forced him to take bad shots and had him flustered all game long. It was a really solid performance by them the entire game to keep him honest.
Biggest Surprise: Morristown’s ability to run
With a team like Barr-Reeve, you usually think of low scoring affairs, but Morristown was able to get out and run with the ball giving themselves some easy points at the rim. They also pushed the pace and shot whenever they were open. This led Morristown to being able to keep Barr-Reeve off guard all game long.
Hayden Langkabel (Morristown): 27 points, 10 rebounds
Austin Ainsclough (Barr-Reeve): 19 points