Boys basketball: Vikings rolls over depleted Boone Grove squad
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent November 22, 2012 4:24AM
Updated: December 24, 2012 7:22AM
VALPARAISO — Joe Otis knows firsthand that coaching basketball is a lot easier when you have the two tallest players on the court. That’s exactly how it played out for Otis on Wednesday night as his Valparaiso Vikings walloped Boone Grove 74-33.
Valparaiso (1-0) used its height in the form of 6-foot-5 Quentin Palmer and 6-7 John Mosser to control the tempo all night long.
“Having those two definitely helped set the tone on both sides of the court,” Otis said.
Palmer had 18 points and seven rebounds, while Mosser recorded a double-double (18 points and 14 rebounds). But it wasn’t just Palmer and Mosser for Valparaiso as 10 of 11 Viking players recorded baskets.
The Vikings were able to withstand an eight-point first quarter by Wolves’ point guard Dean Hill, who led Boone Grove in scoring despite being held without a point for the rest of the game.
“I thought we played real sloppy in the first quarter,” Otis said. “For a senior dominated team, we should have been a lot sharper.”
In the end, the Vikings’ depth was just too much for Boone Grove to handle for four quarters.
“We feel as if we have seven starters with Tyler Doane and Justin Osburn coming off our bench,” Otis said.
Doane and Osburn both scored six points in relief work.
Boone Grove (0-1) lost two starters prior to the season with injuries.
“Coach (Matt) McKay has a young team over there at Boone Grove and losing those two kids was a real big blow to them,” Otis lamented. “If they had them, I’m sure the game would have been a lot closer.
“We’re happy to be 1-0, but we’re still a work in progress.”