The Southwood boys basketball team was out to seek revenge on their Wabash County tourney loss to the Wabash Apaches. Wabash was determined not to let that happen. Everyone knew it was going to be a battle of two different styles of play and the one who executed the best would win the game. As it turned out both teams played their style and it was just a matter of some key shots going down for Southwood as they defeated Wabash 68-53. Wabash had defeated Southwood 73-68 in the tourney.
Southwood started the game with a three pointer from Collin Huston and then were ignited by Devin Dale who hit three treys in the first quarter to build a 22-10 on his third one. Wabash would gather their composure and out score Southwood the remaining couple minutes 6-2 behind 7 points from Alex Hentgen and trailed the Knights 24-16 at the first stop. Dale had 10 points in the quarter for the Knights.
The second quarter would slow down a little and get very physical. Wabash was having a hard time finding the bottom of the bucket and Southwood out scored the Apaches 15-9 to take a 39-25 half time lead. Codie Shafer lead the Knights with 6 points. Hentgen lead Wabash with 3 points.
Southwood’s balanced scoring started to take it’s toll on Wabash in the third quarter, as the Apaches still struggled to find the bucket. The Knights had five players score in the quarter lead by Levi Winget and Mike Cook with 4 points each. Wabash again was lead by Hentgen with 8 points. Southwood lead 52-35 after three.
Both teams come out in the fourth quarter letting it fly, with Wabash out scoring Southwood 18-16. Each team had five players score as the tempo was up and down the floor until the last three minutes when Southwood slowed the pace to burn the clock. Wabash, down 20 with 3 minutes to go did not play the foul game, but played very aggressive trying to cut the lead. Southwood hit 4 free throws in the last 1 1/2 minutes for the 68-53 win. Levi Winget lead Southwood in the final quarter with 6 points. Hentgen lead Wabash with 8.
For the game Southwood was lead by Levi Winget with 18 points. Mike Cook had 12, Devin Dale 10, Collin Huston and Connor Hobbs with 7 and Grant Keaffaber, Jackson Blair and Ross Phillipy with 2 each.
Wabash was lead by Alex Hentgen with a game high 26 points. Shea Beauchamp and Travis Shears each had 5. Breyton Nealis and Nate Price both had 4. Andrew Adamson and Zack Hipskind each had 3. Tyler Brewer had 2 and Matt Henderson had 1.