Story By Kody Smith-The Wabash Apaches boys’ varsity basketball squad began the month of February with a bang, defeating the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings 67-32 in TRC action. The Apaches caught fire from downtown, drilling seven shots from beyond-the-arc in route to the team’s fourth conference victory of the season.
Sophomore Trenton Daughtry played a superb first half for the Apaches, resulting in 18 points through the first two quarters. Two Daughtry threes followed by scores from seniors Austin Venopal and Luke Mattern gave the Apaches an early 10-3 lead, and Wabash held the leadthe rest of the way. Back-to-back triples from Daughtry and Mattern, as well as a bucket inside the lane from 6’7” sophomore Elijah Vander Velden increased the Wabash lead to 18-5 with
around two minutes left to play in the quarter. The Vikings would have the last laugh at the buzzer, as junior Parkur Dalrymple would bury his second triple of the evening to end the quarterat 25-11, as the Apaches held a firm lead. The two teams would sink eight threes in the quarter, with Wabash hitting five from behind-the-arc.
The Apaches would pull away in the second, outscoring the Vikings 20-4 to end the quarter. A little over one minute of action escaped the two squads before Daughtry would sink his fourth and final three of the evening, pushing the Wabash lead to 28-11. Daughtry would hit the next two Apaches’ baskets, followed close by a bucket by junior Logan Vander Velden, enhancing the Wabash lead to 34-13 with five minutes left in the half. Daughtry showed off his passing skills later in the quarter as well, assisting a breakaway layup by Mattern with three minutes left. Mattern would answer his own made field goal with a basket after drawing contact, sinking the free throw in the process. He finished the night with 10 points. The half would conclude with the 30-point Wabash advantage, 45-15.
Vinopal would respond to a Valley field to begin the quarter with his only make from downtown. He finished the evening with seven points. Daughtry would again assist a bucket, thistime on a steal and a fast break layup for sophomore Dereck Vogel. Daughtry would follow suit with two more steals and breakaway buckets, capping off his 22-point night to lead all scorers. The third quarter would conclude with a 58-21 Apaches lead.
Valley’s Jaydin Conley would hit one of his two buckets on the night to begin the quarter,but Wabash would answer with two field goals from sophomore Jared Holley and a bucket insidethe lane by Elijah Vander Velden. The Apaches held a firm grasp on a 64-25 lead with 5:17 remaining. The game would conclude as head coach Paul Wright led his squad to a 67-32 victory to hand Valley its ninth consecutive loss.
Wabash is now 9-6 overall on the season, with a 4-2 record in the TRC. The team is now on a four-game winning streak.
|11||Blake Gribben (Jr)||5||2||7||29|
|12||L. Vander velden (Jr)||8||3||5||60|
|2||P. Sodervick (So)||0||2||0|
|20||Austin Vinopal (Sr)||7||3||5||60|
|22||T. Daughtry (So)||22||7||12||58|
|23||Luke Mattern (Sr)||10||3||7||43|
|30||Jared Holley (So)||4||2||4||50|
|34||E. Vander Velden (So)||6||3||5||60|
|4||K. Kelsheimer (So)||0||1||0|
|5||Dereck Vogel (So)||5||2||4||50|
|#||Athlete Name||Off||Def||Tot Reb||Ast||Stls||TO|
|11||Blake Gribben (Jr)||2||3||5||0||0||1|
|12||L. Vander velden (Jr)||1||3||4||3||1||0|
|2||P. Sodervick (So)||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|20||Austin Vinopal (Sr)||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|21||Devin Higdon (Jr)||0||0||0||0||2|
|22||T. Daughtry (So)||0||2||2||8||3||1|
|23||Luke Mattern (Sr)||1||0||1||2||2||0|
|30||Jared Holley (So)||0||1||1||3||0||0|
|34||E. Vander Velden (So)||2||0||2||0||1||1|
|4||K. Kelsheimer (So)||0||2||2||1||1||0|
|5||Dereck Vogel (So)||3||2||5||3||3||1|