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Valpo boys shoot the lights out at North Judson

2014-01-04T21:00:00Z 2014-01-04T21:27:23Z Valpo boys shoot the lights out at North JudsonPaul Jankowski Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 04, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

NORTH JUDSON | It was one of those quarters that Valparaiso coach Matt Thomas would like to see a few more times this season.

The Vikings scored 31 points in the third quarter Saturday night, making all 12 of their field-goal attempts in the period on their way to a 81-50 victory over North Judson.

Valpo junior forward Cole Wolf came off the bench to lead the barrage, making all five of his shots from beyond the arc on his way to a career-high 17 points.

As a team, the Vikings were 12-of-21 from 3-point range (57.1 percent) and 32-of-48 (66 percent) overall. Not bad for a team shooting 26 percent for the season from beyond the arc.

"We shot it well," Thomas said. "We shoot it pretty well in practice, and we work hard at 3s.

"Tonight you saw the reason I have told them to keep shooting."

Valpo (5-4) took control in the second quarter, putting together an 18-2 run to lead 33-13 at halftime after a somewhat sluggish first quarter.

Wolf came off the bench to spark the run, hitting a pair of 3-pointers off assists from Drew Paul. Wolf hit two more in the third quarter and his fifth early in the fourth before Thomas brought in the reserves.

"Cole had a great shooting night," Thomas said. "He had good shot selection, and they were all in rhythm."

The Vikings blew it open in the third quarter, scoring on every possession without a turnover.

The Bluejays (3-3) played without two normal starters. Caston Sanchez and Jacob Shabi each scored 15 points to lead North Judson.

For Valpo, senior Mitch Wszolek led the reserves with five points including a 3-pointer in the last quarter. Sophomore center Conner TenHove led Valpo with 19 points and eight rebounds.

"I'm happy overall," Thomas said. "Our defensive effort could have been better in the second half. Defense has got to be a constant."

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