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Boys basketball: Defense key to Valparaiso’s DAC victory

Updated: February 6, 2013 6:14AM



VALPARAISO — In its second game in as many days, Michigan City again lost a close one down the stretch in Duneland Conference play, this time falling to Valparaiso 44-36.

Tyler Doane led the Vikings (9-3, 5-2 DAC) with 10 points.

There was plenty of drama in a game that included an ejection of Valparaiso’s John Mosser in the second quarter. Mosser was the Vikings’ leading scorer going into the contest and head coach Joe Otis was worried about the outcome after the ejection.

“When Mosser got ejected I knew we were going to have to make some adjustments because Michigan City’s Anthony Simmons can jump out of the gym,” Otis said.

Simmons took advantage of Mosser’s early exit, scoring 10 points with eight of them coming in the third quarter.

“Simmons is a great player and dominates the glass on the defensive end,” MC coach John Boyd said. “Tonight he was able to get things going for him on offense.”

Going into the fourth quarter, the Wolves (4-5, 3-4) had a four-point lead, but Valparaiso’s Justin Osburn was not going to let his team go down without a fight. He had nine points, all coming from behind the 3-point line.

Osburn hit back-to-back 3s to put the Vikings up by five. Valparaiso’s motion offense and stingy defense drained the clock and seal the victory.

“We are not the fastest team on defense, but we take pride on being smart and tenacious on the defensive side, and defense wins games,” Otis said.

How tough was Valparaiso’s defense down the stretch? Michigan City only attempted four shots in the fourth period, making none of them.

The win keeps the Vikings tied for second place in the DAC with Lake Central.



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