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Vikings comeback falls short during OT: Viborg-Hurley 55, JVC 47 OT

Modified: Saturday, Mar 16th, 2013

James Valley Christian’s Adam Hofer squares up to shoot a 3-pointer, which he sank, to force overtime as time ran out. The Vikings couldn’t match Viborg-Hurley’s success in overtime as they fell 55-47. PHOTO COURTESY OF COURTESY BOB LANDSTROM. In the next photo, James Valley Christian’s Nathan Wedel drives to the basket as a Viborg-Hurley player tries to take a charge during the opening round of the Class B State Boys’ Basketball Tournament. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN DAVIS/ABERDEEN AMERICAN NEWS

ABERDEEN — A dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer from James Valley Christian’s Adam Hofer at the end of regulation would send the game into overtime, but the No. 7-seeded Viborg-Hurley Cougars would rely on their defense and rebounding to upset JVC, the No. 2 seed, by a final score of 55-47 in the opening round of the Class B State Basketball Tournament Thursday at Aberdeen.

It looked like it was the Vikings’ night early on. They took an 18-7 lead after the first quarter, led by Adam Hofer who was on fire the entire night. The senior guard, who has been the Vikings’ leader all season, scored 14 of the Vikings’ 18 points in the opening quarter, including four 3-pointers. But the game was far from over.

Viborg-Hurley opened the second quarter strong, scoring six unanswered points to cut the JVC lead to just five, 18-13. Junior guard Cole Glanzer would hit a 3-pointer to give the Vikings an eight-point lead, but the Cougars’ Jake Huether would answer with a shot from beyond the arc just 15 seconds later. After a JVC turnover, Viborg-Hurley’s Tyler Gerdes and Andrew Hora would each score to cut the JVC lead to just a point, 21-20, with 4:09 to play in the first half. JVC senior forward Leon Brondsema would score with 3:31 to go in the half off an assist by Alex Waldner. But Viborg-Hurley would answer as Rusten Anderson dished the ball to Andrew Hora for a layup to cut the JVC halftime lead to 23-22.

The third quarter is when the tide really turned. Viborg-Hurley’s Trevor Jacobsen would start the second half scoring with a 3-pointer to give the Cougars their first lead of the game, 25-23. But the Vikings wouldn’t go down without a fight. Alex Waldner would hit a three with 3:26 to go in the third to give the Vikings a one-point lead, 30-29. The Cougars’ stingy defense, good free-throw shooting (they were 15-20 from the line on the night) and a Jack Huether 3-pointer with under a minute to play in the quarter would give them a 35-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

That’s when the game really got intense.

With the Cougars hanging on to a five-point lead with 4:47 to go in regulation, Adam Hofer hit yet another 3-pointer, one of his seven on the night, to get JVC within two, 37-35.

But Viborg-Hurley would answer as Seth Anderson hit a field goal, followed a short time later by Tyler Gerdes who got a steal and a breakaway layup to give his team a six-point lead late.

Then, down by six with 1:41 to play, Adam Hofer would hit another three to cut the Cougars’ lead in half. After Gerdes scored two, the Cougars would lead 43-38 with 1:01 remaining on the clock. After a JVC foul, Hofer would steal an inbounds pass and make the easy layup to bring JVC within just three points, 43-40, with under a minute on the clock. The Vikings’ Donnie Decker would get a steal with 14 seconds to go and they quickly called a timeout.

Down by three, Nathan Wedel would miss a shot from beyond the arc, but Caleb Stahl would rebound the miss and was fouled going up for the shot with just 6 seconds to go in the game. Stahl stepped to the line. Just a 44-percent free-throw shooter during the regular season, the senior forward would hit both shots from the charity stripe to cut the Cougars’ lead to just a point.

JVC would foul Jack Huether as soon as the ball was inbounded with just under five seconds to play. Huether would step to the line and calmly hit both free throws to give his team another three-point lead, 45-42. That’s when Adam Hofer would come through again.

With just 4.5 seconds to go in the game, JVC down by three, Nathan Wedel was looking to inbound the ball from the far end of the court. Closing in on the allotted five seconds, Wedel threw a football-style pass nearly the length of the court and found Adam Hofer waiting just past the outstretched arms of the defense. Hofer would toss up the shot and found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded, tying the game 45-45. Viking fans erupted, and the game headed to overtime.

Viborg-Hurley wasn’t done. Andrew Hora hit a 3-pointer to open the extra frame and the Cougars never looked back, outscoring JVC 10-2 in overtime to secure the win.

Adam Hofer ended the night with a game-high 29 points. Wedel added six points and Alex Waldner had five. Brondsema led the team with six rebounds.

Gerdes ended the night with 19 points for Viborg-Hurley, but the big story was Andrew Hora who had 13 points and grabbed an incredible 19 rebounds. The Cougars dominated the boards, out-rebounding JVC 38-23 on the night.

JVC will play Arlington today at 1:45 p.m. in the consolation round. Viborg-Hurley will play Dupree in the semifinals tonight at 7:45 p.m.

James Valley Christian 18 23 30 45 47

Viborg-Hurley 7 22 35 45 55

James Valley Christian (18-3): Cole Glanzer 1 0-0 3; Alex Waldner 2 0-0 5; Nathan Wedel 2 2-2 6; Adam Hofer 11 0-0 29; Leon Brondsema 1 0-0 2; Caleb Stahl 0 2-2 2. Totals: 17 4-4 47.

Viborg-Hurley (19-2): Tyler Gerdes 8 3-6 19; Jack Huether 2 6-6 12; Trevor Jacobsen 1 3-4 6; Andrew Hora 5 2-2 13; Seth Anderson 2 1-2 5. Totals: 18 15-20 55.

Rebounds: JVC 23 (Brondsema 6, Stahl 5); VH 38 (Hora 19, Gerdes 6). Assists: JVC 7 (Hofer 4); VH 13 (Jacobsen 5). 3-pt Goals: JVC 9 (Hofer 7); VH 4 (Huether 2). Fouls: JVC 20 (Hofer out, A. Waldner out); VH 11.

For the complete article see the 03-15-2013 issue.

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