The Bruins traveled to Wabash on Saturday looking for win #14, but after a hard-fought win on Friday, there was little left in the tank for the Apaches. Give credit to Wabash though, Luke Mattern put up 37 on the Bruins and Wabash radio credited the Apaches with one of their best games of the year as has been the case for many a Bruin opponent this year. It was the ninth consecutive win in the series for Wabash. The Bruins still lead the series overall, 25-18.
The Bruins missed their first seven shots from the field, and committed seven early turnovers, leading to a 15-0 deficit right out of the gate. Blackford settled in and finished the first quarter on a 9-0 run on four of five shooting to cut the lead to six after one.
The Bruins were able to cut the deficit to four at the start of the second quarter but Wabash caught fire from behind the arc hitting five of seven in the quarter to take a 36-20 halftime advantage.
The second half was much like the second quarter as the Bruins couldn’t get anything going on either end of the floor. Wabash continued to shoot well from downtown and finishing the game 14 of 21 from long range.
The Bruins were led by JD Hoover with 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 steals. He continues to rise the season record ladder. Hoover currently sets 10th with 224 rebounds in a season. He will climb to sixth with 10 rebounds next Friday. He is also tied with BHS Hall of Famer Phil Payne with 392 points in a season again placing him 10th. With 16 points on Friday, he will pass Hall of Famer, Jeff Nickols, Bryan Rausch (who also coached the last winning season in ’01-02), and Hall of Famer Mark Brown.
Brandon Stroble finished with 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Mark White finished with 6 points and 5 assists. Jake Ross contributed with 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists to go along with his 3 points.
JV Bruins fall to Wabash 53-31. They fell to 8-13 overall. Peyton Hurd 11. Dalton Willmann 10.
The Bruins head to Anderson Prep on Friday. The JV game tips off at 6:00pm.