The Wabash boys basketball team had the task of playing a Friday night game, then turning around and playing Saturday afternoon. After falling to Rochester in a heart breaker on Friday the Apaches played host to #12 Lewis Cass Saturday afternoon, falling to the Kings 76-43.
The much taller Kings dominated the Apaches right from the tip, scoring the first 16 points of the game before Justin Beauchamp drained a three. Trailing 19-3 Marcus Jones ended the quarter with a long ball as Cass led 19-6.
Cass would extend their lead to 27-6 early in the second when Treavor Floor scored off an offensive rebound. The Kings would go up 34-8 when Luke Mattern connected for a three, followed by a Taylor Vigar bucket and a second Mattern three to make it 34-16. Down 38-16 Kaleb Kelshiemer would score on a bucket and two free throws as Wabash trailed 41-20 at the half.
Cass would score the first 6 points of the third quarter before a Vigar bucket and Mattern’s third bomb made it 44-23. The Kings would then score the next 8 to extend their lead to 52-25 before two Mattern free throws and his fourth three made it 52-30. Eryk Weber would score the last two buckets for the Apaches as they trailed 59-34 with a quarter to go.
Cass started the fourth on a 13-0 run to open a 72-34 lead when Austin Hostetler hit a free throw, followed by a Beauchamp bucket, plus buckets from Matt Jones and two from Mattern as the Apaches fell 76-43.
Leading the Apaches was Luke Mattern with 18 points. Justin Beauchamp added 5, Kaleb Kelshiemer 4, Taylor Vigar 4, Eryk Weber 4, Marcus Jones 3, Treavor Floor 2, Matt Jones 2, Austin Hostetler 1.
The Wabash junior varsity fell to Cass 60-36.
Leading Wabash was Blake Gribben and Brandon Easterday with 8 points each. Devon Higdon added 6, Austin Wieland 4, Cal Stone 4, Matt Jones 4, Matthew Stein 2.