VASJ came back from a late fourth-quarter deficit to knock off host Warren JFK, 77-74, on Feb. 8.
Vikings senior Sean Johnson had a career-high 22 points to help VASJ improve to 8-10 on the season.
Jaden Hameed scored 15 of his game-high 29 in the fourth quarter for the Vikings.
“Sean Johnson’s career-high was the difference. They had us beat – we were down 6 with 2 minutes to go. We just happened to play great basketball for 2 minutes, which offset what we did for the other 30 minutes,” VASJ coach Babe Kwasniak said.
“Noah Clarke is giving us another scoring option – he has been critical.”
Clarke scored 11 and Jonah Waag equaled that output in big minutes for the Vikings.
VASJ – which has won 7 straight district titles – awaits the Division II Ashtabula seed drawing on Feb. 9.
In the meantime there is the bigger picture on the mind of the Vikings, who host Broadmoor (Lake County’s school of developmentally challenged students) in less than a week.
“We’re looking forward to our biggest game of the year as the Broadmoor Bobcats come to the Village on Valentine’s Day at 10:30 a.m,” Kwasniak said.