VASJ struggled offensively and on the glass in a 57-45 loss to Cleveland Central Catholic on Feb. 5.
The Vikings were held to 14 points in the first half and fell to 11-4 on the season, losing for the first time in the NCL.
“First off I don’t want to take anything away from CCC. That was an old-fashioned beatdown,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said.
“We pride ourselves on being tough and they were so much tougher than us tonight. I have so much respect for Jordan Duke as a coach, he works his tail off and he is a class act. We deserved to lose and they deserved to win. If CCC gets anything lower than a 4 seed in their district that would be a crime. They have beat St. Ignatius, Cleveland Heights and now us, you just can’t stress enough how good the league has been this year. I would love to see them again because that means we would be in Columbus together. We still have a chance to win the league on Friday, so time to get up and fight some more.”
No VASJ player scored in double digits. The Vikings were led by Jaden Hameed with 9.
VASJ hosts Padua on Feb. 8 in another key NCL contest.