December 07, 20211st2ndFinal
East-West U.213758
Stats at a GlanceEWUVALPO
FG Percentage.417 (25-60) .606 (43-71)
3P FG Percentage.238 (5-21) .387 (12-31)
FT Percentage.429 (3-7) .375 (3-8)
Offensive Rebounds39
Defensive Rebounds2135
Total Rebounds2444
Bench Points2067
PointsJackson - 18
Krikke - 21
ReboundsJackson - 5
Baez - 5
Lockett - 5
Kithier - 7
AssistsJackson - 4
DeAveiro - 8
StealsConley - 2
Taylor - 2
BlocksLockett - 1
King Shines in Debut as Valpo Rolls to Victory
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
King Shines in Debut as Valpo Rolls to Victory
Kobe King made his Valpo debut on Tuesday and turned in 19 points.

Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) can play basketball, that much was clear on Tuesday night at the Athletics-Recreation Center.

Appearing in his first game since Jan. 24, 2020, rust appeared minimal as King posted 19 points, five rebounds and four assists while shooting 9-of-13 to help the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team down East-West 101-58. King was the top story, about that there was little doubt, but the game featured a strong team effort that saw eight players score seven points or more and 10 score at least six en route to a fourth win in five games.

How It Happened

  • What proved to be a fun night at the ARC got off to a shaky start as the Beacons were down 5-0 early and didn’t score for nearly three full minutes to begin the contest. Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) finally knocked the lid off the rim with a 3-pointer at the 17:03 mark, but Valpo trailed 7-3 five minutes into the game.
  • King’s first basket in a Valpo uniform was a dunk with 15 minutes on the clock, then Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) gave Valpo its first lead at 8-7 with a 3 on a Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) assist at the 14:18 mark, an advantage that the Beacons would not relinquish for the remainder of the evening.
  • That spurred a big Valpo burst that included a Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) dunk with 12:14 remaining in the half. Edwards added a layup with 10:19 on the clock, capping a 16-0 run that transformed a 7-3 deficit into a 19-7 lead.
  • Edwards stretched the cushion to 14 with a dunk at the 8:44 mark, but the Phantoms cut the gap back to single figures at 25-17 with 6:32 to go in the half.
  • Valpo put together an 18-2 spurt and eventually went into halftime up 43-21. There was a stretch where Krikke took over, scoring 12 straight Valpo points and 12 of the 14 points scored by the two teams during that stretch.
  • Anderson and Krikke both hits 3s early in the second half, and King continued to put on a show on both ends. He threw down his second dunk of the night with 13:22 on the clock to extend the lead to 30.
  • Trey Woodyard (London, Ohio / International Sports Academy), Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) and DeAveiro all turned in quality second-half minutes, and Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) drilled a pair of late 3s to the delight of the Beacon bench.
  • Hedstrom buried a 3 with 5:20 to go, then walk-on Luke Morrill (Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic) got in on the 3-point act with a trey at the 3:47 mark to up Valpo’s lead to 50. Morrill made another from beyond the arc with 1:36 to go, then Hedstrom’s layup with 18 seconds remaining helped the Beacons surpass the century mark.

Inside the Game

  • Krikke turned in a game-high 21 points on an efficient 10-of-13 shooting in 18 minutes of action. He recorded his fourth 20-point output of the season in just seven games. He led the team in scoring for the fourth time in his seven outings.
  • Valpo hit the century mark for the second time this season after posting 106 points on Nov. 27 vs. Trinity Christian. Tuesday’s 43-point margin of victory marked Valpo’s largest since beating Concordia University Chicago by 56 (121-65) on Nov. 6, 2018.
  • The Beacons shot 60.6 percent (43-of-71), their first time shooting at least 60 percent since shooting right at that threshold (33-of-55) on Dec. 12, 2018 vs. UC Riverside. Tuesday marked the team’s top shooting percentage since hitting at a 65.2 percent clip on Nov. 6, 2018 vs. Concordia Chicago.
  • Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, his fourth game this season with at least seven and sixth with at least six.
  • DeAveiro dished out eight assists, his second game with eight helpers this season. He became the first Missouri Valley Conference player with two eight-assist games this season and now owns half of the four eight-helper performances by MVC players this year.
  • Hedstrom converted all four of his field-goal attempts, equaling a career best with nine points, a mark he previously reached on Nov. 27 of this season vs. Trinity Christian. Woodyard also chipped in a career-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting while securing five caroms, also a personal watermark.
  • Pappas had his first career made field goal, while Morrill hit his first and second career 3s on his way to a personal-best six points.
  • Taylor made the 100th start of his collegiate career.
  • Anderson handed out his 100th career assist.
  • Valpo picked up its fourth win in the last five games and improved to 5-2 since an 0-3 start that came without their leading returning scorer as Krikke was sidelined by an injury.

Postgame Press Conference

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Up Next

Valpo (5-5) will look to climb above .500 for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon as Charlotte comes to the ARC for a noon tip on ESPN+. The theme is Gold Out as students are encouraged to wear gold from head to toe. The first 1,000 fans will receive a gold rush t-shirt. For ticket information, visit