For the second game in a row the Wabash boys basketball team put up over 90 points in a 32 minute game. Tuesday night the Apaches scored 95 points in a win over Eastern and Saturday night which was senior night they scored 93 in a 93-82 win over Elwood. The Apaches are peeking at the right time, riding a two game winning streak heading in to next week’s Manchester sectional.
Elwood took off to the quick 3-0 lead before Tyler Brewer hit two buckets in a row to give the Apaches a 4-3 lead. Both teams were clicking to start the game, With 4:50 to go it was 12-10 Elwood after a Travis Shears bucket. Wabash would go on a brief cold spell and Elwood took advantage of it, out scoring Wabash 9-2 in the next two minutes to take a 21-12 lead. Wabash would respond, scoring the next 7 points to cut the lead to 21-19. Elwood out scored Wabash 4-2 the last minute to take a 25-21 first quarter lead. Tyler Brewer lead the Apaches with 6 points.
A lot of times when a team scores that many points in a quarter there is fear of a let down. Neither team missed a step in the second quarter. Wabash went to work and with 5:30 to go had the score tied at 29 and then went up one at 30-29 on a Shea Beauchamp free throw with 5:04 to play. The lead would see saw back and forth until Elwood took the lead for good in the half at 33-32. Elwood stretched the lead to as much as 7 points before Zack Hipskind willed the Apaches back in the game and trailed by just one at the half 49-48. Hipskind scored 10 points in the quarter for the Apaches. Tyler King added 7.
The third quarter is when Wabash started to show their depth. The Apaches had 8 players score in the quarter, lead by senior Alex Hentgen. After Shears and Beauchamp hit back to back buckets to start the second half, hentgen took over in the middle of the quarter. Wabash was up 56-53 when Hentgen scored 6 of their next 8 points to open up a 7 point lead at 64-57. After an Elwood bucket, Hentgen and Brewer forced their will and Wabash was up 71-59. Up 10, Matt Henderson drained a three pointer at the buzzer to put Wabash up 74-61 heading to the final quarter.Hentgen had 9 points in the quarter.
Breyton Nealis would start the fourth quarter with a bucket as the Apache shooting stayed hot. Elwood connected on three straight buckets to cut the lead to 76-67 and eventually had it down to 78-71 with 5:00 to go. Hentgen stopped that run and later a Henderson bucket made it 82-73. Back come Elwood, scoring the next 6 points to make it 82-79 with 2:15 to go. After two Nealis free throws and a Wabash time out, Elwood drained a three to cut the lead to 84-82. Beauchamp hit a big bucket to make it 86-82 and the Wabash defense made a stop. Elwood would foul Nealis again, who calmly sank both free throws, making it 88-82 with 50.7 to go. Elwood couldn’t find the buckets and continually fouled Nealis, whi hit 5 more free throws down the stretch for the 93-82 win.
Wabash had 10 players get in the scoring column, four in double figures.
Leading the Apaches was Alex Hentgen with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assist and 3 steals. Zack Hipskind had 16 points,6 rebounds, 4 assist and 1 block. Breyton Nealis had 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist and 3 steals. Tyler Brewer had 10 points and 2 rebounds. Travis Shears had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 1 steal. Matt Henderson and Shea Beauchamp 8 points. Henderson had 1 rebound and 2 assist. Beauchamp had 4 rebounds and 1 steal. Tyler King had 7 points and 1 steal. Andrew Adamson had 2 points, 2 assist and 4 steals and Nate Price had 1 point, 2 assist and 2 steals.