Boys basketball: Valparaiso stays on a roll by beating Lake Central
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or firstname.lastname@example.org February 7, 2013 10:10PM
Updated: March 10, 2013 6:38AM
VALPARAISO — Whatever Valparaiso found, the Vikings want to hold onto for as long as possible.
After getting pounded by Munster 11 days ago, Valparaiso has played some of its best basketball of the season.
Tuesday, the Vikings won their third straight, beating Lake Central 55-46 in a Duneland Conference contest. The Indians are a good team — they beat the Vikings by five last time they played. The Vikings made them look not-so-good in the first half.
The start for Valparaiso was about as good as it gets.
The Vikings scored nine straight to open the game — and they led by 18 at halftime against the Indians.
The Vikings jumped out to a 9-0 lead with 2:15 left in the first quarter after a basket by Brody Wilson. The Indians broke the ice the next time down the floor when Joe Bannister made an eight foot jumper.
Valparaiso scored the next five to end the quarter, getting a basket by John Mosser. That gave the Vikings a 14-2 lead.
The second quarter was similar, though not quite as good for the Vikings. They bumped the lead up to 15 points a Mosser basket with 4:43 left in the half. A 7-0 run at the end of the quarter gave Valparaiso a 33-15 advantage.
Mosser was perfect in the first half, making 6 of 6 and finishing with 14 points.
Lake Central was unprepared for the endless stream of back cuts and screens that the Vikings threw at them — at least early.
“They had a good game plan,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “They have a lot of seniors on that team and they played like they know the end is near. We’ve enjoyed competing against them.”
The second half was a little different.
Lake Central’s full court pressure changed the tenor of the game for a while –the Indians were able to cut it to seven after scoring the first nine in the third quarter—but they couldn’t get any closer than that.
Someone always stepped up to hit a big bucket or the team managed to make a stop when they needed it.
The last three victories — against Bishop Noll, Chesterton and now Lake Central —have come against good teams.
Mosser, who led the Vikings with 15 points and seven rebounds, said the team is confident.
“We’re playing with swagger,” he said.