The Wabash and Southwood boys basketball teams made state history Friday night. The record setting game went three overtimes, with Wabash winning 126-123.
The 249 combined total points eclipsed the old state record of 246, which also included Wabash in a game with Blackford in 1990-91.
The 126 points scored by Wabash is the most points scored in a single game in school history.
The 123 points by Southwood is also a school record with the old record being 113 points, scored against White’s in 1983-84
NBA FINAL Wabash 126 Southwood 123
Both coaches said in the pre game interviews that this game could quite possibly be a track meet depending on how the officials let the game play. Southwood coach John Burrus knew Wabash was going to run and he also knew his team could run if need be. They needed to and boy did they.
Even though it was a record setting high school basketball game, fans got to witness how fast an NBA game really is. The Wabash and Southwood teams tied on their track shoes, not knowing they were about to make history and gave the fans a memory of a lifetime.
The two teams would start running right from the opening tip with neither have the ball more than a few seconds before a shot went up. Full court pressure by both teams was forcing an unbelievable pace and when the dust settled after the first eight minutes Wabash led 28-22 and it was game on.
With Wabash having the depth advantage they were going to make sure the tempo stayed at a high level and if the Knights were going to keep up they better have a good shooting night. The Knights were out to show their performance at the county tourney was a fluke, caused by injuries and sickness and they could shoot with anyone. With the Apaches circling the wagon, the Knights shot their way out, out scoring Wabash 23-22 in the quarter and trailed Wabash 50-45 at the half.
Both teams pride themselves on defense. With the pace that had been set, it looked as though defense was not in the recipe, when in reality defense was creating numerous points. Steals, turnovers and rebounds became as important as it always does. Southwood, showing their team was in great shape kept running with the Apaches, out scoring Wabash 22-17 in the lowest scoring regulation quarter of the game and the score was knotted at 67 after three.
It was lights out in the fourth quarter with each team putting up 25 points to force overtime with the score tied at 92. Legs were starting to cramp, fouls were building and you could cut the tension with a knife.
No one would ever dream what they were about to witness. In the first overtime the pace would not falter. In the shortened period each team still scored 12 points each to be tied at 104 heading for overtime number two.
In overtime number two the game started to become a slug fest as each team was running out of steam and playing on pure desire. Players were asking to be taken out to get a blow, some water and then get back in to help their team. Both teams still managed 10 points each and the thoughts of the Swayzee state record for overtimes was starting to become a whisper.
With both teams gas tanks on empty, the third and final overtime became pure emotion. Wabash built a three point lead with 6 seconds to play and the final Southwood shot was inches from forcing another quarter as Wabash survived the most memorable game in state history, 126-123.
Wabash : Breyton Nealis 27, Shea Beauchamp 23, Landon Cole 23, Tyler Brewer 16, Travis Shears 14, Tyler King 12, Andrew Adamson 9, Kodi Clemons 2.
Connor Hobbs 34, Levi Winget 25, Grant Keaffaber 23, Jackson Blair 15, Ross Phillipy 11, Levi Sutton 10, Sexton Boggs 5.
Wabash shot 54% for the game, Southwood 49%
Free Throws : Wabash 66%, Southwood 72%
Rebounds : Wabash 56, Southwood 39
Turn Overs : Wabash 25, Southwood 10