It was the best regular-season win a long time, and maybe among the best comebacks ever for the VASJ Vikings.
VASJ rallied from down 7 in the fourth quarter and from down by 9 in overtime to defeat Archbishop Hoban, 80-78, on Dec. 14.
“It was probably the greatest comeback I have ever been part of as a player or Coach,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said
“We had guys who were so mentally strong tonight.”
Sophomore Jaden Hameed scored 29 points for VASJ. Graham Koppelman continued his huge season with big shots and 16 points. Jason Priah and Khalil Mitcham were crucial to the win on the glass for the Vikings. Mitcham had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Priah added 10 points and 14 boards.
Kwasniak said it was first time two Vikings had double-doubles in same game since Brian Parker and Carlton Bragg.
“To get that game to overtime it was huge and the Village played a huge part in it – the atmosphere was unbelievable,” Kwasniak said.
“There was a time when I thought maybe we were going to get blown out, but our guys kept fighting and we got it done.”
The Vikings are now 2-1 with wins over Cleveland Heights and Archbishop Hoban.
“They are so talented and have D-I kids so to come back against a team who is so well-coached says a lot,” Kwasniak said.
VASJ rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit to send it to overtime and overcame an OT push from the Knights.
“It’s a great win for our kids and now we have to get ready for Cleveland Central Catholic before we head to Missouri to play some elite competition,” Kwasniak said.
“It is hard to explain what a great win this was. Maybe the best I have been involved in.”