Two ten points runs by the Wabash Apaches and the hot hand of Christian Hall led Wabash to a 65-58 win over Eastern Friday. The Apaches trailed in the second quarter when a 10 point run gave them the lead that they never relinquished.
Cody King put up the first points of the game to give the Apaches a 2-0 lead, but the Comets responded with an 8-2 run to lead 8-4. Trailing 11-5 the momentum started to switch when Taylor Vigar connected and was followed by a Christian Hall three to draw the Apaches to within one at 11-10. Eastern hit two free throws with 1:27 left, but the Apaches bounced back with a bucket from Tyler Hough and one from Hall before the buzzer to lead 14-13.
The Comets would get the first bucket of the second quarter to take the lead back at 15-14 when Wabash caught fire. Cody King hit back to back buckets that started a 10-0 run to put Wabash up 24-15. King had three buckets during the run with Hall and Vigar each chipping in with a bucket. Eastern would score the final five points of the quarter as Wabash led 24-20 at the half.
Chase Dirig would start the third quarter by draining a three, but the Comets kept it close until 30-26 when the second run came. Christian Hall would nail a three as the Apaches went running for 8 straight points. Taylor Vigar had a bucket and two free throws with Cosy King hitting a free throw. Wabash led 38-26 with just under two minutes left. After a King free throw Wabash led 39-28 with a quarter to go.
The Apaches exploded for 26 points in the fourth quarter and they needed every one of them as the Comets caught fire, scoring 30 to make it a game. Christian Hall started the quarter with a bucket and two free throws to make it 43-28, looking like the Apaches were going to run away with it. That’s when Eastern caught fire, scoring 10 of the next 23 points to cut the Wabash lead to 47-42. Getting buckets from Hall and King the Apaches held the Comets off, but led just 55-49 with 2:03 to play. Eastern started the foul game, fouling the wrong guy as Hall converted five free throws down the stretch for 18 points in the quarter as Wabash held off Eastern 65-58.
Leading the Apaches was Christian Hall with 31 points. Cody King added 18, Taylor Vigar 8, Tyler Hough 4, Chase Dirig 3, Juwan Carter 1.
Wabash won the junior varsity game.
Leading Wabash was Eryk Weber, Austin Vinopal, Travis Easthom and Kaleb Kelsheimer with 6 points each. Luke Mattern added 5, Justin Beauchamp 5, Matt Jones 4, Cal Stone 3.