It was a battle of tribes as the Mississinewa Indians came to visit the Wabash Apaches. They say you live and die with the long ball and that proved true again for the Apaches as they shot just 3 of 17 from behind the arch and were cold as ice from the free throw line, shooting just 10 of 23, as the Indians took advantage of the cold shooting to top Wabash 81-71.
After taking a quick 3-0 lead on a Tyler King three, the Apache defense had trouble covering the open Indian shooter as Mississinewa hit two straight threes and a duece to take an 8-3 lead. Breyton Nealis, Andrew Adamson and Grant Sailors would rally the Apaches with three straight buckets to put Wabash back up 9-8 before the Indians would go on a 10-2 run, making it 18-11. Wabash would trail 21-15 after one.
It was pretty much a boxing match in the second quarter with Wabash cutting the lead to three points three times, while Mississinewa led by as much as nine. Wabash had six players score in the quarter with Tyler King leading with four points. The Apaches trailed 36-30 at the half.
Tyler Brewer would come to life to start the third quarter as he scored the first eight points for Wabash to keep them in striking distance. Leading by five, the Indians quickly doubled their lead. Two free throws and a three pointer made it 48-38 before the Apaches would fight back. Tyler King got hot, hitting a three and a two, plus four free throws and the Apaches trailed just 52-49 with four seconds left. The Indians would then drain a three pointer at the buzzer to lead 55-49 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would quickly erase the Mississinewa lead to start the fourth. Grant Sailors would hit back to back buckets, followed by a Breyton Nealis free throw and it was 55-54. After two Indian free throws, Mike Jones would hit and was followed by two Tyler Brewer free throws to tie the game at 57. The Indians would respond by going on a 10-1 run to make it 67-58 before Brewer stopped the run with a bucket, making it 67-60 with 3:04 to go. Down nine, Andrew Adamson drained a three, plus two Nealis free throws to make it 69-65. The Indians shot well all night and continued their hot shooting down the stretch, including at the free throw line to top Wabash 81-71.
Leading the Apaches was Tyler King with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Tyler Brewer had 16 points, 15 rebounds, 2 steals. Breyton Nealis had 10 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assist, 2 steals, 1 block. Grant Sailors had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal. Andrew Adamson had 5 points, 1 rebound, 3 assist, 1 steal. Kodi Clemons had 5 points, 6 rebounds. Mike Jones had 5 points, 4 rebounds. Jordan Blair had 2 points, 1 rebound. Cody King had 2 points, 6 rebounds.
The junior varsity won 59-54 in overtime.
Christian Hall and Taylor Vigar had 21 points each. Trevor Vest and Chase Dirig had 6 points each. Tyler Hough had 3 points, Brodie Hough had 2 points.