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Crusaders Fall to Oakland on Buzzer-Beater
Matt Kenney posted seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Matt Kenney posted seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists Saturday. (Ray Acevedo)
Oakland (8-4)
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Valparaiso (7-4)
12/17/2011 | Valparaiso, Ind. (ARC) | Attendance: 2884
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Oakland354782
Valparaiso374380
Stats at a GlanceOUVALPO
FG Percentage.443 (27-61) .509 (27-53)
3P FG Percentage.407 (11-27) .440 (11-25)
FT Percentage.680 (17-25) .682 (15-22)
Offensive Rebounds108
Defensive Rebounds2128
Total Rebounds3136
Turnovers1118
Steals85
Bench Points1422
Statistical LeadersOUVALPO
PointsHAMILTON - 41
VAN WIJK - 22
ReboundsVALENTINE - 9
BROEKHOFF - 12
AssistsHAMILTON - 3
KENNEY - 7
StealsHAMILTON - 4
BROEKHOFF - 2
BlocksPETROS - 1
KENNEY - 2

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton hit a buzzer-beating shot from the top of the key as Valparaiso fell to the Golden Grizzlies at the ARC Saturday evening, 82-80.  The loss was the first for the Crusaders this season at home in six games.

The jumper at the buzzer capped a 41-point performance from Hamilton.  Despite Hamilton’s scoring exploits, however, the Crusaders had a chance to run the clock down for the final shot, as Will Bogan (Boise, Idaho/Vallivue [Ole Miss]) created a tie-up with the arrow in Valpo’s favor with 32 seconds to play.  Valpo got called for a travel with 4.6 seconds remaining, however, turning possession back over to Oakland.  Following a timeout, Hamilton caught the inbounds pass and took it the length of the court himself, pulling up from 16 feet over a Crusader defender to win the game for the Grizzlies.

“You’ve got to give Oakland a lot of credit tonight,” said Crusader head coach Bryce Drew.  “They came out and made a lot of tough shots, a lot of tough plays.  Hamilton is just an excellent player, and he made some big plays down the stretch for them.”

The final few minutes of the game were played mostly within one possession after both squads put together huge runs in the second half.  Coming out of the locker room ahead by just two points, Valpo out-scored Oakland 23-8 over the first 6:30 of the second half, thanks in large part to a barrage of 3-pointers. 

Ryan Broekhoff (Frankston, Victoria, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport) nailed three triples during the run, while Bogan and Richie Edwards (Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland [Hillsborough C.C.]) each hit a 3-pointer as well.  Kevin Van Wijk (Hoofddorp, Netherlands/Katholieke Scholengemeenschap Hoofddorp) had three inside buckets as well in the opening stretch, which concluded with Broekhoff’s third triple of the half putting Valpo ahead 60-43 with 13:39 to play.

But Oakland countered right away, needing just two minutes to slice the lead down to just three points at 61-58.  Hamilton had 10 points during the Grizzlies’ 15-1 run.  Despite the onslaught, Valpo would hold on to the lead, not letting Oakland tie the score as the Crusaders’ advantage fluctuated between one and three points for the next five-plus minutes.

“We had a really good rhythm going to start the second half,” said Drew.  “We were able to get good ball movement, got the ball in the lane and that created some open shots.    But then, Erik got into foul trouble and Jay had basically one good arm the second half, and I think that made a difference.  If either of them could have been out there longer, it might have been a different story.”

A pair of free throws by Broekhoff pushed the Valpo edge to 71-66 with 5:53 remaining, but Oakland came back with seven of the next eight points, as a triple by Travis Bader gave the Grizzlies their first lead of the second half with 4:25 to play.  Van Wijk came right back with an inside basket to re-claim the lead for Valpo, and after Oakland split a pair of free throws, Ben Boggs (Roanoke, Va./Hidden Valley [Virginia Tech]) knocked down a 3-pointer to give Valpo a 77-74 lead at the 3:29 mark.

But Hamilton came right back with his fifth 3-pointer of the night to tie the game just 10 seconds later.  Van Wijk hit two big free throws on Valpo’s next trip, but the Crusaders then turned the ball over on their next three possessions, giving Oakland the chance to take an 80-79 advantage.  Boggs split two free throws with 1:29 to go to tie the game at 80, and the Crusaders forced a miss by Hamilton on Oakland’s offensive possession.  A turnover with 41 seconds to go gave the ball back to Oakland, but Bogan forced the tie-up just nine seconds later to set up the final sequence.

The Crusaders led by two (37-35) at halftime after a back-and-forth first half.  Valpo scored the game’s first seven points and still led by five at 12-7 following a 3-pointer by Boggs, making his Crusader debut, seven minutes into the game.  Oakland came back with 18 of the next 26 points over a six-minute stretch, claiming a 25-20 lead.  The Grizzlies’ lead maintained at five as late as 3:02 to go in the half, but a 3-pointer and an old-fashioned 3-point play by Jay Harris (Aurora, Ill./Oswego East) were part of a 9-0 run to put Valpo back on top heading into the break.

Van Wijk paced the Crusaders Saturday with 22 points, hitting 8-of-9 from the field.  Broekhoff registered yet another double-double, tallying 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Bogan hit three triples en route to 11 points.  Matt Kenney (Mooresville, Ind./Mooresville) filled up the stat line, posting seven points, eight rebounds and a game-high seven assists.  Valpo shot 50.9% from the floor for the game, including a season-best 11 3-pointers, and out-rebounded the Grizzlies, 36-31.

Hamilton picked up his 41 points for Oakland (8-4) on 14-of-24 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-10 from behind the arc, and 8-of-11 from the foul line.  Drew Valentine added 19 points and nine rebounds in the victory for the Grizzlies, while Laval Lucas-Perry chipped in 12 points off the bench.

Valparaiso (7-4) has a quick turnaround, getting right back to action on Tuesday evening as the Crusaders make the trip to Northern Illinois.  Tipoff is slated for 7:05 p.m., and as always, can be heard live on the Valpo Sports Radio Network.  Links to the audio webcast, as well as live stats, will be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

LIVE CHAT ARCHIVE:

Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo