WARSAW 55, COLUMBIA CITY 48
Warsaw boys basketball won its last game ever at Columbia City’s Weeks Gymnasium with a win over the host Eagles Saturday.
The Tigers used a strong last four minutes of the game, including several solid defensive stops down the stretch, to overcome a three-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Coon tallied a four-point play with under three minutes left in the game to turn the tide in the Tigers’ favor. Following the play, Warsaw outscored Columbia City 8-2 on the strength of its free throw shooting.
Coon led all scorers with 19 points. Blake Marsh scored 16 points and passed out four assists. Bishop Walters added seven points, while Wyatt Amiss and Jackson Dawson each grabbed four rebounds to lead the Tigers off the glass.
The win moves Warsaw to 2-0 on the season. The Tigers play host to 4A No. 7-ranked Homestead next Friday at 7:45 p.m.
NORTHWOOD 53, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 37
DANVILLE 73, NORTHWOOD 55
NorthWood placed second at the Muncie Burris Tournament Saturday, winning its opener with Heritage Christian but coming up short of champion Danville’s firepower in the title game.
The Panthers built a 33-16 lead with 12-of-24 shooting in the first half of their tourney-opener. Trent Edwards scored 13 points, and Ben Vincent notched 11 points for Wood. Brock Flickinger passed out five assists in that win.
The Panthers struggled to keep pace with a hot-handed Warriors squad in the championship game as Danville knocked down 6-of-12 3-pointers and scored at better than 53 percent from the floor on the way to the win. NorthWood fell behind 22-10 at the first quarter break and battled back to close within eight at the half, but the Warriors eventually pushed their advantage out to an many as 20 points in the fourth. Edwards scored 15, and Vincent and Jamarr Jackson each scored 12. Jackson also pulled down nine rebounds in a near double-double for the Panthers.
Dillon Ware poured in a game-high 24 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals for Danville. Peyton Roof, Kobe Ward and Sam Comer finished with 13 points apiece for the Warriors.
NorthWood opens at 2-1. The Panthers will travel to Triton next Friday. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
ANGOLA 45, WAWASEE 36
Wawasee slid to a 1-1 start with a loss to visiting Angola at the Hardwood Teepee Saturday.
The Warriors struggled to score against their guests, converting just 27.8 percent of their shots from the floor, including a rough, 2-for-14 conversion rate as they fell behind by double digits in the first half.
The hosts did find balance in the scoring column, however, with 13 points by Keaton Dukes, 12 from Ethan Hardy and 11 from Austin Miller. On the defensive end, they recorded nine steals on their way to 11 points off turnovers.
Angola got a game-high 16 points from Joel Knox and scored at a 52.4 percent clip from the floor. They also converted 19 free throws in 27 trips to the line as compared to Wawasee’s 12-for-15 rate at the stripe.
Wawasee’s JV won its contest, 25-21, meanwhile.
The Warriors will look to bounce back with another home game opposite Manchester next Friday at 7:30 p.m.