The Wabash boys basketball team lost a heart breaking, buzzer beater in overtime to Peru Friday 87-84. After getting a three from Breyton Nealis with 12.0 left in regulation to send the game to overtime and another three with 10.0 in the overtime to tie the game, Peru’s Logan Primerano launched a three at the buzzer in overtime to beat the Apaches.
In a game that had 46 ties or lead changes, it was only fitting that it would end with a shot at the buzzer, as the smaller Apaches gave the Tigers everything they wanted.
The two teams would trade buckets early in the first quarter, with Peru leading 8-6 before they stretched the lead to 11-7. Roger Davis would drain a three to draw the Apaches to within one at 11-10 and eventually take the lead on buckets from Mike Jones and Andrew Adamson to lead Peru 15-14 after one.
The pace would pick up in the second quarter as Wabash came out swinging. Adamson hit a three and was followed with buckets from Grant Sailors and Tyler Brewer to lead 22-15. Peru would stay within striking distance as the Apaches couldn’t build on the lead and with 2:46 to go, Wabash led 27-23. The Tigers cut the lead to 27-25 when Roger David canned a three to go up 30-25. With Wabash up 32-25 Peru would make a run, scoring 8 straight points and led the Apaches 35-33 at the half.
Coming out of the locker room it would be a test of wills to see who could keep their intensity. Both teams would take and give punches like a heavy weight fighter, with the lead changing 13 times. Roger Davis would tie the score to start the quarter when the heavy weight bout started. On nine consecutive possessions the lead would change before Wabash took a 48-46 lead and a steal and bucket from Tyler Brewer. Peru tied the score and Wabash went back up on a Davis bucket. The Tigers would come back to take a 53-51 lead with 15.6 left when Davis hit again and the Apaches led 54-53 after three.
Peru started the scoring in the fourth to go up 55-54 when Jordan Blair nailed a thre to give Wabash the lead back at 57-55. The Apaches would build the lead to 60-55 before Peru came storming back to tie. On the next six possessions Wabash would take a two point lead and Peru would tie it. Wabash went up 67-64 on a Nealis bucket and a Brewer free throw before Peru scored four straight to take the lead at 68-67. Back and forth they went with the Tigers leading 72-69 when Breyton Nealis drained a three with 12.0 left to knot the score at 72. With 1.0 left Andrew Adamson had made a steal and called timeout to give Wabash a shot, taking the ball out at half court. A Nealis heave just missed and the game was headed for overtime.
Tyler Brewer started the overtime with a bucket off a steal to put the Apaches up. Peru would take the lead away twice when Nealis hit with 1:18 left to put Wabash up 81-80. The Tigers would hit and later convert a free throw to lead 83-81 with 24.8 remaining. On a missed free throw, Peru grabbed the offensive rebound and the Apaches were forced to foul with 20.3 on the clock. One made free throw made it 84-81 when Nealis would do it again, hitting a three with 10.0 left to tie the score at 84. Peru worked the ball down the left side when Primerano launched a 25 footer that was all net to five the Tigers the thrilling 87-84 win.
Roger Davis led the Apache scoring with 25 points. Breyton Nealis added 23, Tyler Brewer 12, Andrew Adamson 8, Tyler King 6, Mike Jones 5, Jordan Blair 3, Grant Sailors 2.
Davis and Brewer led the Apaches in rebounding with 8 each. Nealis added 6. Nealis had 8 assist, Adamson 5. Davis had 7 steals, Adamson 4, Brewer 3.
Wabash won the junior varsity matchup 42-31.
Christian Hall led with 24 pts, 4 reb, 2 stls; Cody King 7 pts, 5 reb; Taylor Vigar 4 pts 7 assists 1 stl.