VASJ went on the road and defeated neighborhood rival Euclid, 58-43, in a tournament atmosphere at Harold Doc Daugherty Gymnasium on Feb. 9.
Jaden Hameed led all scorers with 19 points and Jason Priah added 14 for the Vikings, who improved to 13-4 on the season.
“I think the game meant more to them than to us. We’ve beat them 8 times in a row now. With that being said. there are a lot of bloodlines between the two schools and with them starting three VASJ transfers we knew emotions would be high. I told our kids win or lose we will act with class that’s non-negotiable,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said.
“Jaden Hameed was the best player on the floor, and Jason Priah was the warrior we have come to expect this season. The difference in the game was culture, and you don’t build an elite culture without leadership. I was out of town this week so I can’t ring the bell of my coaches enough -Rollie Smith took over the reigns and was supported by Anton Hameed, Danny Schikowski, Gary Wilson and of course my Dad (Tedd Kwasniak).
“My father hates this game and I know he’s glad it’s over. Most importantly, I thought our leader had his best game leading tonight – Jordan Calhoun carried out our game plan to perfection. Every time they tried to make a run Jordan huddled our guys and made an adjustment. He didn’t score, and dominated the game through his leadership, that was incredible to watch.”