by Gary Andrews
The Wabash boys basketball team returned the favor to Peru from a year ago Friday night. Last year the Tigers nipped the Apaches on a last second shot and this year the Apaches got even. Roger Davis drained a last second three pointer to send the game to overtime, as the Apaches hit key free throws in the second OT to slip by Peru 70-63.
The game was a back and forth affair the entire night as one team would score with the other answering the call. The Apaches led 15-8 after the first quarter with Peru responding to out score Wabash in the second 14-11. Wabash led 26-22 at the half.
Peru would get the upper hand in the third, winning the quarter 13-8 to lead Wabash 35-34 with a quarter to go. The fourth quarter would be as close as the final score, as Wabash trailed by 3 when Roger Davis connected from behind the arch at the buzzer to force overtime tied at 48-48.
The two teams would play to an 8-8 tie in the first overtime and it would take a second extra frame to decide a winner. With the lead, the Apaches capitalized from the free throw line down the stretch, hitting their last 8 shots to out score Peru 15-8 and pull out the 70-63 double overtime thriller.
The Apaches got a balanced scoring attack with 8 different players scoring.
Roger Davis led the way with 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. Christian Hall added 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assist. Jordan Blair had 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal. Cody King had 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist. Grant Sailors had 7 points, 5 rebounds. Taylor Vigar had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist, and 3 steals. Chase Dirig had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals. Kodi Clemons had 2 points, 1 steal. Brodie Hough had 1 rebound.
”The kids played hard tonight. It was a total team effort,” said Coach Wright.
The junior varsity topped Peru 27-23.