Warsaw Starts Strong, Loses To Cole Camp

Adam Dean Howe
Enterprise Staff
The Warsaw boys basketball team played one of their better games of the season at home last Thursday night, but Cole Camp would pull away in the second half handing the Wildcats yet another loss, 70-54.
Things were tight early in this all-Benton County battle as the teams would exchange blows in the first quarter with Cole Camp edging the Wildcats, 16-15.  Another highly contested 16-14 margin for the Bluebirds gave them a slim 32-29 lead at the break.  
The Wildcats lack of depth, particularly in the frontcourt, began to show early in the second half and that’s when Cole Camp began to take advantage.  An offensive strategy by the Bluebirds to pound the ball down low became apparent and there was no matchup there that they couldn’t exploit with Ethan Ives and Ruvim Garbuzov.  
The Bluebirds took the third period with an 18-11 advantage and then pulled away in the fourth with a 20-14 margin to take the game with a 70-54 final.  
Warsaw’s Trey Palmer had a game high 24 points.  The Bluebirds’ Kaden Harms paced his offense with 23.  
The Wildcats were unable to get to the free throw line very often in this one, but did take advantage of those given opportunities by going 6-for-7 from the charity stripe.  
The loss dropped Warsaw’s season record to just 1-11.  By press time, the Wildcats will have taken on the Lincoln Cardinals on Saturday night (with those results being covered by fellow Enterprise sports writer Johnie Logue).  They will then be playing in the Archie Tournament this week with their opening round game taking place on Tuesday night versus Rich Hill.  A complete wrap-up for the Wildcats in that tournament will be in next week’s edition of the Enterprise.  
WARSAW (54):  Zach Chapman, 6; Trey Palmer, 24; Grant Chapman, 0; Brady Slavens, 10; Matt Couzens, 0; Scott Winters, 0; James Kellner, 2; August Frace, 0; Cameron Taylor, 0; George Montez, 0; Austin Brazel, 0; Lane Bates, 12.
COLE CAMP (70):  D. Oelrichs, 4; E. Shearer, 0; E. Brandt, 0; J. Farrar, 0; K. Harms, 23; E. Corpening, 2; L. Baalman, 12; G. Cross, 4; G. Strathman, 0; K. Brockman, 0; E. Ives, 14; M. Cano, 0; R. Garbuzov, 9.