Vikings stop losing streak with win at Hawken

Trying to break a rare four-game losing skid, VASJ needed a win in the worst way as the Vikings traveled to Gates Mills to play Hawken on Jan. 25.

A pair of unsung heroes provided the exact prescription for what the basketball doctor ordered as VASJ snapped its losing streak with a big second half in a 62-44 win over the Hawks.

The Vikings improved to 6-8 on the season and won for the first time since returning from a holiday trip to Missouri.

“Vasilios Capuozzo and Noah Clark are two JV kids that came in the second half and saved us. They have earned the right to get that opportunity and they made the most of it,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said.

“Our JV team is such a vital part of our program, this night was a prime example of how important it is to get that game experience. I love these kids because all they care about is winning. Here’s two of my favorite kids in the program. Let’s face it, our schedule is brutal – we will take any win whatever way we can.”

Capuozzo hit three 3s in the second half and Clarke played a vital role as VASJ was held to 18 points in the first half, but scored 44 over the final 16 minutes to pull away for the win.

Jaden Hameed scored 14 of his team-high 21 points in the third quarter. Jonah Waag finished with 13 for the Vikings.

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Volume 11, Issue 2, Posted 5:53 PM, 02.05.2020