Victory Christian holds lead for 3+ Qtrs before Senators come back for 76-71 OT win
|Washington Twp. (3-0)||14||12||12||25||13||76|
|Victory Christian Academy (6-2)||17||16||11||18||
Friday, December 7, 2018 - Non-conference game at VALPARAISO, Ind.
|The student section at Victory Christian Academy in Valparaiso gathers for the girls/boys doubleheader between the Washington Township Senators and the Victory Christian Lions on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.|
|The Victory Christian Lions take part in a pregame shoot-around before their game against the Washington Township Senators at Victory Christian in Valparaiso on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018.|
|The pregame video introductions for the Victory Christian Academy Lions featured an animated flaming background with video wipe effects to insert images of the boys basketball team. Pictured here is sophomore guard Deakon Lee of the Lions on Friday, 12/7/2018.|
|The student section can be seen all standing in support of their home team. The Lions actually led most of the game, and at this point by a 38-34 score with 4:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Washington Township outscored Victory Christian 25-18 to tie up the game at the end of regulation 63-63, before finally winning 76-71 in overtime.|
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WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (76) Tyler
Hachey 2-2-6, Steven Hernandez 0-0-0, Colin Burton 12-9-33, Zach Brys 3-0-7,
Jared Armstrong 3-2-8, James Hernandez 5-6-17, Austin Darnell 0-2-2, Will
Phillis 0-0-0. (Note: we are missing 3 points.) TOTALS 25, (21-26) 76.
VICTORY CHRISTIAN (71) Grant Jakubowski 2-0-6, Lincoln Thomae 6-6-21, Deakon Lee 0-0-0, Flynn Carlson 4-3-11, Zeke Shock 3-2-8, Tyler Schmidt 11-3-25, Ethan Ogorek 0-0-0. TOTALS 26, (14-26) 71.
FREE THROWS: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (21 of 26, 80.8%); Tyler Hachey 2-2, Colin Burton 9-11, Jared Armstrong 2-2, James Hernandez 5-9, Austin Darnell 2-2. VICTORY CHRISTIAN (14 of 26, 53.8%); Lincoln Thomae 6-11, Flynn Carlson 3-4, Zeke Shock 2-4, Tyler Schmidt 3-7.
3-GOALS: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (2); Zach Brys, James Hernandez. VICTORY CHRISTIAN (5); Jakubowski (2), Thomae (3).
FOULED OUT: WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP: Austin Darnell (0:23 min. left 4th Q); VICTORY CHRISTIAN: Zeke Shock (3:01 min. left 4th Q), Grant Jakubowski (3:16 min left OT).
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The home team Lions took advantage of some hot first quarter long range shooting by freshman Lincoln Thomae, who hit two 3s, sophomore Grant Jakubowski had a 3 in both the first and second quarter and sophomore 6'7" Flynn Carlson had a three-point play — the old-fashioned way — a driving layup in which he drew a foul and sank the free-throw, all to to help build a 17-14 first quarter lead.
The intensity of play on both sides was highly
evident as both teams seemed to draw on the excitement of the crowd's energy. As
the game wore on though, the Lions committed more turnovers (14) than the
visiting Senators (7) and disappointing free throw shooting (14 of 26, 53.8% vs.
21 of 26, 80.8% for the Senators) appeared to spell the difference in an
otherwise evenly played game.
Leading-up to this match-up, the Senator had won the previous six meetings by a combined average score of 77-41.
“We told the guys, we don’t believe in moral victories, but hopefully we changed Washington Township’s perspective towards us,” Victory Christian Head Coach/Athletic Director Derek Chirch said.
Leading the way for the Lions, junior guard Tyler Schmidt delivered 25 points on 11 of 21 shooting and muscled 20 rebounds with three block shots; while freshman guard Lincoln Thomae poured-in 21 points, including three of nine from beyond the arc.
Sophomore Flynn Carlson also contributed with 11 points and three block shots.
However, the Senators made their presence know with senior guard Collin Burton who led all scorers with an impressive 33 points, with sophomore guard James Hernandez picking-up 16 points.
The Lions led 33-26 at halftime and 44-38 after three quarters.
But the Senators turned the tables in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Lions 25-19 in the final eight minutes of regulation and then 13-8 in overtime.
Still, the seventh straight meeting brought excitement within Victory Christian’s own gym.
“The atmosphere was fantastic,” Chirch said. “The crowds from both schools were amazing and both teams fed off of it.”
The Senators improve to 3-0 overall, while the Lions dropped to 6-2, with their
other loss coming on Nov. 20 on the road at Boone Grove.
Both Boone Grove and Washington Township represent the Porter County Conference of the Indiana High School Athletic Association, as Victory Christian’s South Shore Christian Conference record remains at 1-0, having defeated Heritage Christian at home on Nov. 27.
LIONS NOTES: With this defeat, it marks the second time a three-game winning streak has ended for Victory Christian. The Lions started the season with wins over Hammond Baptist, Horizon Christian and Clinton Christian before losing to Boone Grove. They would then defeat Heritage Christian, North White and City Baptist (Hammond) before this loss to Washington Township.
Despite the loss, the Lions have now scored 70 plus points in three of their last four games. During this stretch, Victory Christian has now outscored their previous four opponents by an average margin of 75-46.
The gymnasium at Victory Christian is certainly not large by the large school Duneland Athletic Conference standards, as the bleachers seat only about 350. But a standing room only crowd of 500+ was on hand to cheer on both Victory Christian and Washington Township on Dec. 7th. With that size of crowd in a modest size gym like this, it is understandable that the volume of the crowd noise can be deafening at times. It also brought back memories of small school basketball in Indiana, as chronicled in the 1986 film "Hoosiers."