The high octane offense of the Wabash boys basketball team was on display again Tuesday night, putting up 90 points. The only problem was North Miami scored 100.
After the first two or three trips down the floor the pace had been set to be a track meet. Everyone knew that Wabash had a reputation for getting it up and down the floor. If you have seen a North Miami football game lately, you also knew speed was not a problem for them.
Shea Beauchamp got the scoring started that was quickly answered with a three from the Warriors. Beauchamp then answered the answer with his own three and the race was on. With North Miami leading, Tyler Brewer hit to tie the score at 12, followed by an Andrew Adamson three to put the Apaches up 15-12. Behind Daniel Musselman the Warriors would come back to take a 19-17 lead and then end the quarter with an 8-0 run to lead the Apaches 27-17.
North Miami would keep the hot hand, shooting well over 60% to build on their lead in the second quarter. After a Tyler Brewer bucket made it 32-25 the Warriors would run again. North Miami built their lead to 40-28 before a Landon Cole three and a Shea Beauchamp bucket made it 40-33. The Apaches had it cut to 42-36 when Musselman nailed a three that ignited a 10-2 run and the Warriors led 52-38 at the half.
Wabash would score the first seven points of the third quarter, capped off by a Breyton Nealis bucket to make it 52-45 before Musselman would connect yet again. After another Warrior bucket, Beauchamp and Brewer would hit back to back and the Apaches were within five at 56-51. At 64-59 North Miami would end the quarter again on a run, this time 6-0 to lead 70-59 after three.
For the first half of the fourth quarter, North Miami would build on their lead by one point and led 81-69. The Apaches would fight back and cut the lead to 81-74 on a Nealis bucket with 3:40 to go. With just under 2:00 to play, Wabash had got back to within 85-82. North Miami would score the next two buckets before Nealis hit again to make it 89-84, followed by a Landon Cole bucket with 44.9 left and it was 89-86. Down 91-88, Wabash fouled with 21.5 left. Jared Richardson would hit one free throw and the Apaches raced down the floor with Tyler Brewer hitting to make it 92-90 with 14.3 remaining. After a Wabash timeout, the Apaches fouled to get the ball back with 12.2 left. Austin See hit both free throws to make it 94-90. Again Wabash raced down the floor, missing two shots and fouling with 1.5 left. At that point, Wabash coach Tom Robbins was assessed two technical fouls. With the foul and the two technical’s, Paul Hayes would hit 5 of 6 free throws to extend the North Miami lead to 99-90. Wabash fouled again with one free throw being hit for the 100-90 final.
Leading Wabash was Breyton Nealis with 23 points. Shea Beauchamp had 20, Tyler Brewer 16, Landon Cole 14, Andrew Adamson 8, Nate Price 7 and Mike Jones 2.
Daniel Musselman of North Miami led all scorers with 27 points.
Wabash won the junior varsity game 42-39.
We don’t have any stats at this time for the JV