WHEATFIELD | It was one of those nights for Valparaiso junior Brody Wilson. At least for one half.
Wilson scored a career-high 16 points - all in the first half - as the Times No. 7 Vikings blitzed Kankakee Valley 56-39 on Saturday night.
A few fans in the K.V. student section started taunting Wilson at one point in the second half, and then Wilson came up with a huge block on the Kougars' Brett Walther to quiet them down.
"I probably liked the block a little more, but hitting those 3's felt good," said Wilson, who was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. "They were pretty open shots. After the first one, they all felt good. It was just mostly my teammates getting me in position to shoot."
Wilson is the sixth different player this season to lead the Vikings (10-2) in scoring, according to coach Joe Otis.
The Vikings led 29-14 at the half, with Wilson coming off the bench to outscore the Kougars (3-9) himself.
"It's always nice to bring a guy off the bench who had 16 of 29 points at the half," Otis said. "He definitely had a good night. I was proud of him."
Valpo got off to a quick start, with sophomore Bret Boetel and junior Zach Meyer hitting early 3-pointers. The Vikings hit 6-of-12 from deep in the first half.
Otis was able to play all 12 who dressed, with 10 players breaking into the scoring column. Valpo doubled up K.V. 50-25 with 3:24 remaining - its biggest lead of the game - on a Ronald Tripp inside bucket.
As well as Valpo shot early, its defense was the key. The Kougars made just two field goals in the middle two quarters, at one point going more than eight minutes without a basket.
"We do that to people a lot," Otis said.
Meyer added seven points and three rebounds for Valpo, while Tyler Ingram also added seven points in a reserve role.
Brett Walther led K.V. with 15 points and Tyler Birkey scored 12.
Otis is thrilled his inexperienced team is off to a 10-2 start, something he never would have imagined back in October.
"I would have said you need a drug test," Otis said. "With that kind of experience 7-4 or 8-5 would have been really good. But our schedule the rest of the way is really tough."