by Gary Andrews
The Wabash boys basketball team stumbled in their final regular season game Friday, falling to Elwood 78-71.
Elwood got off to a hot start at Wabash jumping out to a 14-7 lead before the Apaches calmed the storm. A bucket from Breyton Nealis and a three from Tyler King got Wabash to within 17-13 before Elwood scored the final bucket of the quarter to lead 19-13 after one.
The Wabash offense turned it up a notch in the second quarter, scoring 21 points as they got out scored Elwood 21-17 to cut the gap to 36-34 by the half. Andrew Adamson led the charge.
The Apaches tied the game to start the third quarter and were down one after a Tyler Brewer bucket when they took their first lead on back to back three pointers from Adamson and Tyler King to lead 45-43. Elwood tied the game again before another Apache four point surge. Breyton Nealis and Tyler King hit to put Wabash up 49-45 before Elwood came storming back to score six straight to lead 51-49.
With Wabash up one, Elwood drained a three pointer with .03 on the clock to lead the Apaches 54-52 with a quarter to go.
With Elwood playing the same style of ball Wabash does, the tide can turn at any time. In an up and down, fast and furious tempo Elwood out scored the Apaches 24-19 in the final quarter to top Wabash 78-71.
Leading Wabash was Andrew Adamson with 14 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals. Tyler Brewer added 13 points, 3 rebounds. Breyton Nealis had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. Tyler King had 8 points, 1 rebound, and 1 assist. Grant Sailors had 8 points, 5 rebounds. Jordan Blair had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Taylor Vigar had 4 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Mike Jones had 3 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Cody King had 2 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal.
The Wabash junior varsity topped Elwood 40-36 to end their season with a 13-7 record.
Christian Hall led with 22 points. Chase Dirig added 12 points. Tyler Hough led in rebounding with 7.