Boys basketball: Host Winamac, Boone move on to sectional semifinals
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent February 27, 2013 10:40PM
Updated: April 1, 2013 12:11PM
WINAMAC — If there was one common trait about the teams going into the Winamac Sectional, they were all equally young. In fact, two of the teams have just two seniors.
But the Wolves, carrying five seniors on the roster, have been through the wars the last few years, and went into the sectional as the favorite.
Boone Grove will face Rochester in the second game Friday evening, and host Winamac will face Hebron.
Winamac bested North Judson Tuesday 73-42, lifted by 11 3-pointers. The Warriors stopped short a Bluejays attempt at a comeback in the second quarter, and hot-shooting shut off an inexperienced North Judson team, that often had just one senior, Jarrod Surma, on the court.
North Newton fell to Rochester 59-48,despite the fact the Spartans led early, and held a 14-12 advantage going into the second period.
North Newton held Rochester to a three-point second quarter and led 22-17 at the half. But midway into the third quarter, with the game at 26-25, the Zebras took charge, and went into the fourth quarter up 37-30.
North Judson had three players in double figures against the Warriors, with Dalton Bailey and Jacob Shabi netting 12 each, and Tim Stasiek 10. Those three players will be the nucleus for the Bluejays next season.
“The dam could hold water only so long,” North Judson coach Phil Shabi said of a point in the second quarter when it was 26-16. “When we had it at 10, I thought if we could get it to six we could get back in the game.”
Instead, Winamac, stoked by the Bluejays’ poor shooting and rebounding, went on a run that North Judson couldn’t answer.
The Spartans were led by junior Brandon Propes, who scored 16 points, and had an impressive game, and senior Tom Nikolaj with 10.
“This is going to be a very competitive sectional next year,” North Newton coach Tim Feddeler said, pointing to the young teams that will improve.