Fresh off their Wabash county title, the Southwood boys basketball team used two dominate quarters to roll past Wabash 70-49 Friday.
Before the game Wabash coach Tom Robbins said the Apaches needed to establish themselves early and contain Knight center Shane Smith. They did both by taking a 4-0 lead to start the game and trailed by just two after the first quarter. They also held Smith to just 6 points for the entire game. What they didn’t want to happen did though. The rest of the Southwood team picked up the slack with seven players scoring, with three in double figures.
Southwood coach John Burris said before the game ” if we can hold Wabash to 100 points it will be a 26 point improvement over last year. Breyton Nealis will be the best guard we will see all year.” The Knights succeeded in holding the Apaches, but not Nealis, who had a game high 30 points.
The Apaches would get off to a hot start, taking a 4-0 lead on two Breyton Nealis buckets and extended their lead to 8-2 on a bucket from Andrew Adamson and another from Nealis. The Knights would then start to settle down with Levi Sutton getting them going with a three that was followed by two three’s from instant offense Robbie Cole to lead 11-8. Shane Smith would then hit to end the 11-0 run and the Knights were up 13-8. Nealis would hit two more times and get a bucket from team mate Tyler Brewer to cut the lead to 15-14. Ross Phillipy would hit a free throw before the end of the quarter and the Knights led 16-14 after one.
The second quarter is where the Knights did their damage. Corey Phillipy got them going and Jackson Blair took over after that. Blair and Nealis would trade buckets a couple times, with the Knights leading 26-20 when Blair drained a three. That three would ignite a 10-0 run by the Knights to extend their lead to 36-20 before Nealis hit to stop the run. Nathan Hollars would hit with four seconds remaining and the Knights led 38-22 at the half. Blair led the Knights with 11 points in the quarter. Nealis had all 8 Apache points.
The momentum would not slow down for Southwood in the third as five players scored, with the Knights putting 18 points on the board while holding Wabash to 8 for the second quarter in a row. Corey Phillipy led the way with 8 points, while the Apaches were led by Andrew Adamson with 3.
Wabash would find some offense to go with Nealis in the fourth as they out scored Southwood 19-14. Nealis led five players in the quarter with 8 points. The Knights had four players score, with Sutton, Blair and Corey Phillipy scoring 4 each as the Knights rolled to the 70-49 win.
Leading the Knights was Jackson Blair with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals. Corey Phillipy had 18 points, 6 rebounds. Levi Sutton had 12 points, 3 assist, 2 steals. Robbie Cole had 6 points, 3 assist, 2 steals. Shane Smith had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assist, 4 blocks. Ross Phillipy had 5 points, 5 assist, 2 steals. Nathan Hollars had 4 points, 6 assist.
Breyton Nealis led Wabash with 30 points. Tyler Brewer had 6, Cody King 5, Jordan Blair 2, Andrew Adamson 2, Mike Jones 2, Grant Sailors 2.
Southwood won the junior varsity game 48-30.