Boys basketball: Valparaiso starts fast, nets win over Noll
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent February 2, 2013 11:24PM
Updated: March 4, 2013 7:00AM
HAMMOND — Valparaiso jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and never let Bishop Noll get any closer in a 61-46 win on the road.
“We got out of the chute tonight. Last night we didn’t do anything in the first half,” Valparaiso (14-3, 9-2 DAC) head coach Joe Otis said. “Everybody came to play tonight.”
Six different players combined to score 29 points for the Vikings in the first half, staking the visitors to a 29-17 halftime lead. Bishop Noll (15-2, 7-0 GSSC), meanwhile, struggled on offense in the first half, shooting 4-for-25 (16 percent) from the floor.
“I think that was the difference between a well-coached, disciplined, experienced team versus a younger team that’s still learning,” said Bishop Noll head coach Drew Trost. “(Larry) Crisler was able to get his points, but they pretty much shut out everyone else.”
Crisler did end up with 21 points in the game, including seven points in the third quarter alone, as Bishop Noll’s offense started to get on track. The problem for Bishop Noll, though, was that Valparaiso’s offense never relented.
John Mosser scored 13 points in the third quarter to keep Valparaiso well ahead of Bishop Noll. He finished the night with a game-high 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Said Otis: “He kind of single-handedly got us through that quarter. That’s what being a senior and being a captain is all about.”
Mosser passed the credit on to his teammates after the game.
“Our guards delivered the ball when they needed to; they handled the pressure well,” said Mosser. “That’s why we got the win; I have to give them the credit.”
Valparaiso never led by less than 11 points in the entire second half, frequently answering any Bishop Noll points with points if its own.
The Vikings ended the game shooting 60 percent from the floor, while Bishop Noll raised its percentage to 36 percent (17-for-47) by the end of the contest.