TOPEKA – Wawasee hung with Class 2-A No. 2 Westview for three quarters, but couldn’t close the gap in a 51-37 boys basketball loss Tuesday night.
Trailing 19-18 at the half and leading by just five, 35-30, after the third quarter, Westview closed out the game on a 16-7 run. Westview didn’t do it sinking free throw after free throw, but rather had Josh Hostetler can four baskets in the final quarter as part of his team-leading 14 points. Hostetler scored 12 of his points in the second half, and former Wawasee area student Nick Rensberger burnt his former primary school mates for 12 points, 10 of those coming in the second half.
Charlie Yoder scored nine points and Dennis Wingard had eight points for the host Warriors, which move to 19-1 overall.
The Warriors were also 9-9 from the free throw line in the game and shot 48 percent (21-43) from the floor.
The Warriors from Syracuse had Jairus Boyer rise up with 18 points, making 7-9 attempts from the floor. Westview clamped down on Trevon Coleman, holding the forward to just 3-6 shooting for six points in nearly 28 minutes of action. Jacob Hand added eight points, three rebounds and three assists.
Wawasee falls to 5-14 overall, with a make-up game Wednesday night at Mishawaka, rescheduled from last weekend’s reshuffle from Friday’s snowout of the Goshen contest.