Wildcats Win Skyline Tournament

By: 
Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
In an action packed thriller, the second seeded Warsaw Wildcats pulled the mild upset over the number one seeded Skyline Tigers in the championship game of the Skyline tournament 69-63 last Wednesday. The game had been postponed twice because of inclement weather conditions.
 The Wildcats fell behind 11-0 and it looked like the Wildcats would be blown out of the gym. However, after a time out and with their pep club cheering behind them, the Wildcats got on the score board on a layup by Matt Luebbert.
Warsaw from there would climb back into the contest as they trailed just 17-12 after one. Skyline’s full court press forced numerous turnovers throughout  the game.
However, the Wildcats would put together a total team effort in winning their first championship trophy in several years. One thing that had been missing in recent contests was double figure scoring from the center position. Skyline’s glaring weakness is a lack of a true big man and Warsaw, after their slow start, came to play.
Junior Lane Bates came off the bench and took advantage of his size over a small Skyline lineup with 12 points including a huge basket to start the overtime session. Starting center Senior Jake Luebbert had ten points in one of his finest games of his career. Their leading scorer, Matt Luebbert, would be held to just ten points before fouling out in overtime. Luebbert, however, was a huge factor on the boards and in breaking the full court press.
Warsaw would take the lead at the 2:24 mark at 21-20. The lead was short lived as the Tigers would nail two free throws to retake the lead at 22-21. It was tied at 24 at the half.
The third quarter saw Skyline take a 39-33 lead but they could never put the Wildcats away. It was 42-38 after three and a new hero on the night would emerge for the Wildcats.
As he did against Versailles earlier in  the season, Junior guard Logan Davis would take control of the game. He had eight points in the fourth quarter but was just 1-3 from the free throw line, but that would change in the overtime session.
It looked like Warsaw had the game won at 55-52 with just 3.8 seconds left in regulation. However, Zack Williams would leap over the three point line and make a shot at the buzzer sending the game into overtime. Several Warsaw fans thought Williams had his foot on the three point line. In any event, the overturn ruling call wasn’t made and the game ended in a tie at 55-55. After viewing the tape the following day, it was concluded that the referees made the correct call.
Matt Luebbert would foul out at the 1:07 mark on an offensive charging call with Warsaw leading 64-60. Warsaw would call timeout to set the stage for the final 2:53 of play. 
Davis would go 6-6 from the free throw line in overtime sealing the well earned victory. Davis had 24 points to lead the now 11-3 Wildcats.
Skyline did not select an all tournament team, if so, Davis would had made a good MVP based on his performance down the stretch. 
Warsaw scoring -(69) Matt Luebbert 10, Jake Luebbert 10, Lane Bates 12, Logan Davis 24, Trey Palmer 3,Parker Love 6, Brady Slavens 2, Joey Mace 2.
Skyline-(63) Chris Logan 11,Gage Gunter 10,Jaytin Defeece 14,Dax Beem 14,Lawson Beem 7,Ethan Edwards 2,Zach Williams 5.

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