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Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School def. Arlington Country Day School, 69-67

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2015 -- The unbeaten Vikings made good on their second trip to Wheeling by overcoming a furious start from a talented Arlington Country Day squad to secure a savored, 69-67, victory.

Senior Brian Parker Jr. scored 16 of his team-high 18 points in the 2nd half helping the Vikings to victory. The Marist signee used his strength and ability to get to the left block off the drive to power his way to six key baskets. Parker added six rebounds and four assists to go along with his scoring total.

Parker’s strong 2nd half allowed VASJ to flip the script in the 3rd quarter giving the 5-time Ohio state champions a 2-point lead heading into the final frame. The Vikings were able to play even in the game’s final eight minutes to remain undefeated on the young season.

VASJ fell behind, 20-11, after the 1st quarter thanks in large part to a fast start from South Florida commitment Tulio Da Silva. The 6-foot-8 senior scored 10 of the Apaches 20 points.

The Vikings were just 5-of-16 from the field in the initial stanza, and star forward Carlton Bragg’s only bucket of the period came on a put back as the horn sounded.

Bragg, who is considering offers from Kansas, Kentucky, and Illinois, tallied six points in the 2nd quarter, while Northwestern signee Dererk Pardon totaled four of his six opening half points.

ACD held a, 29-23, advantage at the intermission behind a strong 2nd quarter from highly touted junior Mario Kegler, who scored six points and eight in the half.

Bragg finished with 16 points and four rebounds, while Pardon added 15 points and a team-high nine boards.

Seldom talked about junior Jeff Grudzinski came off the bench to knock down four triples in the 2nd half accounting for 12 huge points. Grudzinski also totaled three rebounds and made several winning plays.

Senior Simon Texidor IV added eight points of which six came in the 1st half, five rebounds, and three dimes. Senior point guard Vaughn “Mo” Johnson contributed six rebounds, and did a good job of running the team.

Jahshire Hardnett, a relentless attacking lefty guard, filled it up in the 2nd half scoring 17 of his game-high 19 points. Kegler added 18 points, Da Silva contributed 13 points and 10 boards, and junior Lamonte' Turner had a solid all around game with 11 points, six assists, and six rebounds.

Stat of the Game:
VASJ and ACD each connected on 26 field goals, but the winning Vikings took 16 less action shots. VASJ was just 13-of-23 from the charity stripe, while ACD only attempted 13 freebies.