The Wabash boys basketball team had an 11 point lead at the half Friday against North Miami before a third quarter rally by the Warriors gave North Miami an early 4th quarter lead before the Apaches regrouped for a 46-41 win.
North Miami would get off to a good start, jumping out to a 7-1 lead on buckets from Kevin Huffman and Dakota Ribble before the Taylor Vigar show began. Down 7-1 Vigar would score 7 straight points to give Wabash an 8-7 lead before buckets from Ribble and Jacob Stiver put the Warriors back on top 11-8. Travis Easthom would score the final bucket of the quarter as North Miami led 11-10.
Vigar and Stiver would trade buckets to start the second as the Warriors led 14-12 when the Apaches reeled off 6 straight. Marcus Jones would start the run with Brodie Hough and Vigar scoring. At 20-17 Tyler Hough would hit a free throw, followed by two Vigar buckets and a free throw to give Wabash a 26-17 halftime lead. Vigar had 17 points in the half.
North Miami would knot the score at 30 after three. The Warriors scored on buckets from Jeff Eckrote and Stiver to start the quarter before a Juwan Carter bucket made it 28-21. A 6-0 run by North Miami would cut the lead to 28-27 when Ribble, Shane Holden and Huffman hit. Tyler Hough would connect to give Wabash a 30-27 lead with just seconds to go when Stiver banked home a three at the buzzer to knot the score at 30 with a quarter to go.
North Miami would grab the lead early in the fourth on three Dakota Ribble buckets for a 36-32 lead before an Owen Yeadon three and two Vigar buckets gave Wabash the lead back 38-36. After Ribble tied the game Brodie Hough hit a free throw with 2:09 left and was followed by a bucket from Vigar at 1:33 to give the Apaches a 41-38 lead. The Warriors would foul with Wabash missing both free throws, but a Juwan Carter rebound gave the Apaches the ball again. Wabash would then get buckets from Jones and Carter to take a 45-39 lead. A Ribble bucket with 14.2 left made it 45-41 with Owen Yeadon hitting a free throw for the 46-41 final.
Taylor Vigar led the way for the Apaches with 22 points. Marcus Jones added 6, Tyler Hough 5, Juwan Carter 4, Owen Yeadon 4, Brodie Hough 3, Travis Easthom 2.
Leading North Miami was Dakota Ribble with 16 points. Jacob Stiver added 12, Kevin Huffman 8, Shane Holden 2, Jeff Eckrote 2, Cletus Yoder 1.
Wabash won the junior varsity contest 43-26.
Leading Wabash was Matt Jones with 10 points. Kory Fuller added 8, Justin Beauchamp 6, Kaleb Kelsheimer 6, Luke Mattern 2, Austin Vinopal 2, Levi Robinson 1, Cal Stone 1.
Leading North Miami was Connor Hanaway with 9 points. Zane Briggs added 7, Patrick Masters 4, Alex Kuhn 3, Caleb Gipson 3.