The Wabash boys basketball team was looking to bounce back from a ten point loss to Lewis Cass Saturday, hosting Eastbrook Tuesday. In a roller coaster game, where the Apaches would build a comfortable lead several times, only to watch the Panthers come back, but broke away at the end to defeat Eastbrook 77-61.
Wabash took off to a quick 6-0 lead on buckets from Shea Beauchamp, Travis Shears and Tyler Brewer and built the lead to 12-4 before Eastbrook would come firing back, cutting the Apache lead to 12-11. Andrew Adamson and Beauchamp would hit to go back up 16-11, when the Panthers scored the last four points of the quarter and Wabash led 16-15 after one.
Beauchamp and Landon Cole would get the Apaches started in the second, building the lead back to 21-15 and then 24-16 on an Adamson three. The Apaches held a 29-20 lead with 2:55 to go when Eastbrook called a time out. The Wabash defense held and Tyler Brewer scored on the next possession, followed by a Breyton Nealis steal for a layup and Wabash led 33-20. Eastbrook scored the last five points of the quarter and Wabash led 31-25 at the half.
As in the previous two quarters, the Wabash offense started off hot, getting buckets from Beauchamp and Brewer to build the lead back to 37-25. Wabash would keep the lead at 10 to 12 points until Eastbrook hit two straight to make it 41-34. Nealis would hit and then follow with two free throws to put the Apaches back up 46-34. The Panthers would out score the Apaches 5-2 the last 2:39 and Wabash led 48-39 after three.
Eastbrook came out in the fourth motivated, cutting the lead to 50-45 and forcing the Apaches to call time out. Travis Shears responded with two free throws before Eastbrook would score five straight and cut the Wabash lead to 53-50. Beauchamp would hit, followed by a Nate Price three and a Nealis bucket and just like that the Apaches were up 60-50. Eastbrook would hit two free throws that were answered by a Price three point play and two Shears free throws to put Wabash up 65-54 with 3:49 to go. Price would score the next four of his 11 fourth quarter points on free throws, keeping the ten point cushion at 69-59 with 2:02 left. Up 71-61 Breyton Nealis took his turn at the free throw line, converting four shots and Beauchamp finished the scoring with two free throws for the 77-61 final.
Leading Wabash was Shea Beauchamp with 19 points. Breyton Nealis and Travis Shears had 13 points each. Tyler Brewer had 11, Nate Price 10, Andrew Adamson 7 and Landon Cole 4.
We will add the other stats when received