By Jim Landrum on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 |
The Huntington 7th Grade Junior Vikes boys basketball team captured their second straight tournament championship on Saturday by winning the Wawasee Hoopfest in Syracuse. The Jr Vikes won four games against a field of nine teams to run their record to 8 - 0 on the season.
Coach John Fisher was very pleased with the “total team effort” his quintet employed throughout the day. The Jr Vikes displayed tenacious defense, intelligent guard play, strong rebounding, and balanced scoring while getting contributions from all players.
The Jr Vikes total team effort was evident in the championship game, as they jumped out to a 27 - 13 halftime lead and defeated a strong contingent from Tippecanoe Valley by a final score of 45 - 35. Caleb Landrum led the scoring with 16 of his game high 20 points coming in the first half. Adam Woods added 9 points and a strong defensive effort. Jordon Seabolt and Derek Snyder controlled the tempo of the game with excellent guard play and added 4 and 5 points respectively. Drew Fawcett led the rebounding effort combining with Ricky Wedlake and Landrum to dominate the boards, and many Jr Vikes players came off the bench to make solid contributions in the second half.
After receving a bye in the first round of bracket play, the Jr Vikes soundly defeated a very good Concordia team by a final score of 43 - 25 in the semi-finals. Landrum had 19 points to lead the scoring, while Snyder contributed 10. Seabolt and Wedlake had 5 and 4 points respectively.
In pool play, the Jr Vikes began the day by overwhelming the Homestead Heat 46 - 26. Snyder led the way with 18 points, Landrum chipped in with 10. Woods scored 6, Seabolt had 5, and Wedlake had 4. The Jr Vikes then beat West Noble by a final score of 46 - 34 to earn the number one seed in their pool. Landrum led the scoring with 15 points, Snyder added 10, Seabolt had 5, and Wedlake had 4.
The Jr Vikes will take time off for spring break and be back in action at Carroll High School in April.
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