The Wabash boys basketball team fell to Mississinewa Tuesday night 69-61 at Coolman gym. The Apaches looked sharp to start the game until midway through the second quarter when things started to fall apart. They tried to play catchup the rest of the game, but just couldn’t get over the hump.
Alex Hentgen took control in the first quarter, scoring 6 of Wabash’s 10 points to help the Apaches hold a 10-8 lead after the first. Mississinewa hit a three right before the buzzer.
Zack Hipskind and Tyler Brewer started the second quarter with back to back buckets to give the Apaches a 14-8 lead. With Wabash up 16-10, Mississinewa went on a 14-0 run to take a 24-16 lead. Shea Beauchamp ended the run with two free throws, which would be the final two points of the half with Mississinewa leading 24-18.
Wabash scored the first two points of the second half on a Beauchamp bucket, but Mississinewa slowly built their lead to 34-25. The Apaches just couldn’t find the bucket and the lead climbed to 41-29. Hentgen scored the last 5 points of the quarter and the Apaches trailed 41-37 with a quarter to go.
Matt Henderson connected on two free throws and Beauchamphit a two, to cut the lead to 41-38 early in the fourth, causing Mississinewa to call time out. The Indians again slowly started to build their lead, going up 53-42 with 4:25 to play. Beauchamp and Hipskind went to work on the free throw line, both hitting two shots each to cut the lead to 53-48. The Indians would answer again, building the lead back to 10 at 58-48 with 3:24 remaining. The closest Wabash could get was 67-61 with 23.1 to play.