The Wabash boys basketball team looked to build on their recent momentum Thursday as the Rochester Zebras came to town. With mass substitutions and full court pressure the entire game the Apaches ran the stripes right off the Zebras, winning in overtime 81-74.
As tight as the game was the entire time, two hours could have been saved just playing the overtime. Wabash got off to a great start when Andrew Adamson hit two straight three pointers to give the Apaches a 6-0 lead. Rochester would quickly score the next six points to tie the score when Adamson got his first steal for a layup to give Wabash an 8-6 lead. The two teams would trade buckets, with Wabash getting them from Tyler King, Kodi Clemons and Mike Jones and it was game on with the score knotted at 15 after one.
Rochester had the hot hand to start the second quarter, building a 24-20 lead before the Apaches battled back. Taylor Vigar hit and was followed by Tyler Brewer grabbing a rebound and going coast to coast for a bucket to tie the score. Brewer would hit his second bucket with Breyton Nealis hitting a free throw to give Wabash a 27-24 lead. Rochester would fight back and with just seconds left took a 30-29 lead before Tyler King hit a floater at the buzzer to give Wabash a 31-30 halftime lead.
The Apaches got the second half started right when Adamson picked a Zebra pocket for a bucket, followed by a Nealis bucket off an offensive rebound to go up 35-30. The Wabash defense would then force a ten second call, but the Apaches couldn’t capitalize as Rochester would score six straight to take the lead back at 36-35. Rochester would build a five point lead at 42-37, forcing Wabash to take a time out. Wabash got to within one with buckets from Grant Sailors and Breyton Nealis and after a Zebra bucket Nealis would end the quarter with a three and it was 45 all after three.
Back and forth they went in the fourth, trading buckets with neither team having more than a one point lead the first four minutes. Down one, Wabash would get a quick four point lead on a three from Sailors and a bucket from Brewer to lead 58-54. The Apaches kept the lead until 1:20 left when Rochester tied it again at 60. After Brewer put Wabash up 64-62 the Apaches fouled. After missing the first free throw, Rochester called time out. Out of the time out, the Zebras missed the second free throw on purpose, grabbing the rebound for a put back bucket with 2.1 left, forcing overtime.
Tied at 66 in the OT, Wabash would take over. The Apaches scored 8 straight with two buckets each from Brewer and Vigar for a 74-66 lead. Rochester would try to claw their way back, getting it to 78-74 before three Nealis free throws the last few seconds gave Wabash the 81-74 win.
Wabash put five players in double figures and nine players in the scoring column.
Leading the way was Tyler Brewer with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 steals, 1 block. Breyton Nealis had 18 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assist, 2 steals, 2 blocks. Tyler King had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assist. Andrew Adamson had 10 points, 1 rebound, 3 assist, 6 steals. Taylor Vigar had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 4 steals. Grant Sailors had 5 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal. Kodi Clemons had 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal. Mike Jones had 2 points, 7 rebounds. Cody King had 2 points, 3 rebounds. Jordan Blair had 2 rebounds.
After trailing 17-2 the junior varsity came back to beat Rochester 47-44.
Christian Hall led with 19 points. Cody King and Chase Dirig added 10 points each.