Apaches Hold On Against Bluffton

The Wabash Apaches had an 11 point lead with two and a half minutes to play before needing two free throws with .08 left to defeat Bluffton 59-57 Tuesday.

With the two teams evenly matched Bluffton would grab a 2-0 lead before Logan Vander Velden hit twice to put the Apaches up 4-2. Bluffton would lead 9-6 before Elijah Vander Velden came off the bench, scoring twice and putting the Apaches up 13-12. Luke Mattern had a three between Vander Velden’s buckets.Down 15-13 Trenton Daughtry would hit before the buzzer as the game was tied 15-15 after one.

The Tigers would get the first bucket of the second quarter before a Daughtry three and back to back buckets from Elijah Vander Velden gave the Apaches a 22-17 lead. At 22-19 Elijah Vander Velden would score 5 straight as the lead grew to 27-19. Bluffton would come back to make it 28-27. Logan Vander Velden scored the final two points from the charity stripe as Wabash led 30-27 at the half.

Leading 31-29 early in the third Mattern would drain a long ball, followed by a Logan Vander Velden bucket to make it 36-29. Again the Tigers would come back, cutting the Wabash lead to 38-37 when the Apaches answered big time. The Apaches would get a three from Daughtry that ignited a 13-0 run to end the third with Wabash leading 51-37. During the run Daughtry and Elijah Vander Velden each hit twice with Jared Holley adding two free throws.

Bluffton would score the first 7 points of the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 51-44 when it looked as though the Apaches might run away from the Tigers. Free throws from Daughtry, Dereck Vogel and Blake Gribben made it 55-44 with two and half minutes to play when Bluffton made their run. The Tigers would score 11 straight points in just over a minute to tie the score before Daughtry made it 56-55 with one free throw with 1:15 to play. After a couple of failed possessions Bluffton would foul with 36.1 left with Daughtry hitting one free throw to make it 57-55. The Tigers would hurry down the floor and sink an 8 foot runner to tie the score with 12 seconds left. Wabash would draw up a play, but couldn’t get the ball in bounds and were forced to take a time out. On the second try the ball would end up in Daughtry’s hands, getting fouled with .08 on the clock. Daughtry would sink both free throws to seal the 59-57 win.

Athlete Name Pts
Blake Gribben (Jr) 3
L. Vander velden (Jr) 9
T. Daughtry (So) 17
Luke Mattern (Sr) 9
Jared Holley (So) 2
E. Vander Velden (So) 18
Dereck Vogel (So) 1
Athlete Name Off Def Tot Reb Ast Stls Blks
Blake Gribben (Jr) 1 1 2 0 1
L. Vander velden (Jr) 2 3 5 8 2 1
Austin Vinopal (Sr) 0 1 1 1 0
T. Daughtry (So) 0 2 2 5 2
Luke Mattern (Sr) 1 8 9 1 0
Jared Holley (So) 1 1 2 0 0
E. Vander Velden (So) 2 1 3 0 1 4
Dereck Vogel (So) 1 7 8 0 0

The Wabash junior varsity defeated Bluffton 53-43.

Scoring : Wyatt Davis 7, Kallen Kelsheimer 2, Payton Sodervick 13, Jasper Walter 2, Joe Leland 21, Jesse Allison 5, Bryant Boggs 1, Keegan O’Neill 2.

The Wabash C team also defeated Bluffton

We will that score and stats when received

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