The Wabash Apache boys basketball team never led the entire game and fell behind 10 points or more several times in the game, but had a chance at the end to tie or win, just falling short to Maconaquah 71-69.
Maconaquah jumped out quick, taking an early 9-2 lead and stretching it to 19-9 by quarters end. Wabash never had the lead in the quarter and tied the score just once on a Breyton Nealis bucket. Shea Beauchamp got the Apaches within 5, but Maconaquah led by 10 after one.
Tyler King would hit a three pointer to start the second to draw Wabash within 7 points, but Maconaquah answered. After two free throws from Nealis the Apaches were within 6 and eventually cut the lead to four at 28-24 on a Beauchamp bucket. Wabash stayed within striking distance, but the Braves led 39-31 at the half.
Beauchamp and Nealis went to work early in the third quarter, closing the gap to 6 and then a Tyler Brewer bucket made it 4 at 41-37. At 48-44 Maconaquah went on an 8-0 run to put some distance between the teams and led 58-49 with a quarter to go.
The two teams would trade buckets early in the fourth and with 3:44 to go, Maconaquah led 64-56. Landon Cole would drain a three to make it 64-59 and then seconds later hit another to make it 66-62. One minute after that Nate Price connected on two free throws, making it 66-64. The last two minutes were pure Hoosier Hysteria. Maconaquah hits and was matched by Nealis with 1:41 to go. Maconaquah hits and was answered with a three from Price, making it 70-69 with 1:00 to play. Wabash would press, forcing a ten second call, getting the ball and a chance to take the lead. An in suing traveling call gave the ball back to the Braves with 30.8 seconds remaining. The Braves milked the clock and called time out with 15.2 left. Wabash fouled with 12.8 left, forcing the Braves to the free throw stripe. Maconaquah hit the first and missed the second. Wabash raced down the floor, fired up a missed shot that turned in to a tipping game as time expired, 71-69 Braves.
Leading Wabash was Shea Beauchamp and Breyton Nealis with 20 points each. Beauchamp had 11 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 blocks. Nealis had 11 rebounds, 5 assist and 2 steals. Nate Price and Tyler King had 7 points each. Price had 1 assist and 1 steal. King had 1 rebound and 1 steal. Landon Cole had 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal. Tyler Brewer had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Travis Shears had 4 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.