Drew leads Valpo back to Mid-Con title
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Ali Berdiel chipped in 16 points and six assists for the top-seeded Crusaders (18-12), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and won their eighth conference tournament title in the last 10 seasons.
"I never thought I would be back so soon," said Valpo head coach Homer Drew, who led the school to seven NCAA Tournament appearances during his first stint as the program's leader. Drew stepped down prior to last season and was succeeded by his son Scott, who left for
"I've got some warriors, guys that will battle,"
It marked the third straight year that both teams met in the conference championship game, as
"Last year was a good lesson," Gomes said. "We made sure that we were together at the beginning of the game and we just didn't want this to be our last game."
However, a pair of
Crenshaw raced down the court and hit a running jumper in the lane to put
Both teams swapped baskets before Crenshaw hit two foul shots with 27 seconds remaining to pull
Oppland was immediately fouled and converted both free throws, while
"You know, we started out 4-9 and it seemed as if everyone was writing us off," Drew said. "But, I wish everyone could see how these guys practice because they work hard and kept getting better and better."
But Valpo followed by going through a cold 3-of-15 stretch from the field, and
The Jaguars extended their lead to as many as 12 at 33-21 on a pair of Crenshaw free throws with 4:33 left. However, Valpo shook of the cold shooting and outscored