The Wabash boys basketball team was clicking on all cylinders Friday night against North Miami. The Apaches set the tone early, forcing 8 North Miami turn overs in the first quarter and scoring 19 points. Wabash had four players score in double figures as they cruised past the Warriors 78-63.
The game started out as though it might be one of those who ever has the ball last games. The lead changed 8 times half way through the first quarter until Andrew Adamson connected on a three pointer to put Wabash up 11-9. That shot seem to ignite the Wabash offense as they out scored North Miami 8-3 the rest of the quarter for a 19-12 lead after one. Zack Hipskind lead Wabash with 6 points in the quarter.
Hipskind and Shea Beauchamp hit the first two buckets of the second quarter to give the Apaches a 23-12 lead. North Miami would chip away and cut that lead to 27-22. Not wanting the Warriors to get any closer, Wabash went on a 12-0 run to make it 39-22. The Wabash defense would hold North Miami without a field goal the rest of the quarter, only allowing three free throws and lead 41-29 at the half. Wabash had 6 players score in the quarter, lead by Alex Hentgen with 8.
To start the third quarter North Miami cut the lead to 8 at 41-33 before Breyton Nealis broke the ice with a two and a three to put Wabash up 46-35. Coming out of a North Miami time out, Beachamp converted an old fashion three and Wabash was rolling 49-35. Ten points was as close as North Miami could get in the quarter, as Hentgen, Nealis and Beauchamp paced the Apaches to a 63-46 third quarter lead. Beauchamp had 8 points, while Hentgen and Nealis scored 7 in the quarter.
Again, North Miami would start the quarter hot, scoring the first 6 points and cutting the lead to 63-52. Beauchamp hit to stop that run and then the Warriors hit a free throw and a three pointer to cut the lead to 65-56 with 5:00 to play. Hentgen and Matt Henderson would answer the call and build the lead back to 72-57 with 1:33 to go. Wabash would play ball control, taking a shot if it was there and running the clock to pick up the win.
Leading Wabash was Alex Hentgen with 24 points. Shea Beauchamp had 17, Breyton Nealis and Zack Hipskind 10. Nate Price had 6, Matt Henderson 5, Andrew Adamson and Tyler King 3.