Boys basketball regular season ends

All four Wabash County teams won games Tuesday night, Feb. 22, while Manchester was the only team to come out on top Friday, Feb. 25

Manchester 60, Whitko 40

Even with the 20-point final margin of victory, Manchester’s 60-40 win over Whitko, Tuesday, Feb. 22, wasn’t even that close.
The Squires scored the first 11 points of the half and led 39-11 at halftime.

Whitko battled back to start the second half, scoring the first 10 points of the third quarter, but the Squires regrouped and held off the Wildcats.

Gavin Betten led Manchester with 20 points, followed by William Rickerd with 14, and Cade Jones with 13.

Manchester 60, Mississinewa 39

Manchester and Mississinewa both started slow offensively, with the Squires leading 7-2 after one quarter in the final game of the regular season Friday night, Feb. 25, but Manchester found hits groove, taking a 25-9 halftime lead on their way to a 60-39 win.

Rickerd propelled the Squires to the win with five 3-pointers in the first half, four in the second quarter, to finish with 25 points.

Betten followed with 13 points, along with Jones with 10, and Tyler McLain with nine.

Northfield 35, Culver Community 30

Northfield won a tight 35-30 contest at Culver Community Tuesday night, Feb. 22.

Northfield led the Cavaliers 18-17 at halftime but outscored the hosts 11-6 in the third quarter for a 29-23 lead, and held on for the win.

Paul Treska led the Norse with 10 points, followed by Kaleb Krom with seven points and four rebounds, Eli Kroh with six points, Dillon Tomlinson with six points, Jake Halderman with five points, and Jaxton Peas with 1 point and four rebounds.

Tri-Central 64, Northfield 49

Northfield couldn’t hold on to an early lead in a 64-49 loss against Tri-Central Friday night, Feb. 25.

The Norse led 15-9 after the first quarter but Tri-Central outscored Northfield 42-20 over the two middle quarters.
Halderman led Northfield with 18 points, while Krom had 10, Treska had five, Peas added three, and Noah Burkhart had two.

Southwood 85, Eastbrook 53

The Southwood Knights got tired of Eastbrook hanging around and did sometime about it in an 85-53 win over the Panther Tuesday, Feb. 22.

The Knights led the game 14-12 after one quarter, put some distance between the teams with a 42-33 halftime lead, outscored Eastbrook 43-20 in the second half.

Cole Winer led five Knights in double figures with 20 points, followed by Derrick Smith with 16, Jason Oprisek with 14, Nathan Lehner with 12, and Will Winer with 11. Cole Winer led the team with nine rebounds, while Oprisek had eight, and Will Winer and Dylan Stout each had seven.

Bluffton 65, Southwood 38

Southwood’s regular season didn’t end how they expected with the Knights dropping a 65-38 road game at Bluffton Friday, Feb. 25.

After a 14-14 score after one quarter, the host Tigers outscored Southwood 51-24 the rest of the way.

Lehner led the Knights with eight points while Cole Winer and Smith each had seven points.

Wabash 65, Eastern 50

Trevor Daughtry scored 21 points, grabbed five rebounds, and handed out two assists to lead the Apaches to a 65-50 win at Eastern Tuesday night, Feb. 22.

Wabash took control early and never looked back, outscoring the Comets 21-8 in the first quarter and 21-7 in the second for a 42-15 halftime lead.

Izaak Wright had 16 points and seven rebounds, followed by Grant Ford with nine points, all on 3-pointers, Kaden Vogel with six points, and Kolton Wilson with five points and four rebounds.

Peru 75, Wabash 72 (OT)

The Apaches lost a heart-breaking 75-72 contest in overtime at Peru Friday night, Feb. 22.

After a 16-16 tie in the first quarter, the host Tigers looked to take control of the game with a 37-27 lead at halftime. Wabash battled back, cutting the lead to 51-48 after three quarters and sent the game into overtime with a 66-66 score.

The Tigers, the Three Rivers Conference co-champions, outscored the Wabash 9-6 in the overtime period, for the win.

The Apaches hit 15 3-pointers on the night. Wright hit six to lead Wabash with 27 points, Daughtry nailed five and scored 12 points, and Grant Ford scored all 12 of his points on 3-pointers. Wilson added six points and led the team with eight rebounds and four assists.

Posted on 2022 Mar 02