Panthers continue to make strides, but fall to tough Wabash squad

Coming off their first win of the season over Elwood, the Eastbrook Panthers, despite more positive play, failed to carry over that momentum into last Tuesday night’s performance, falling to the Wabash Apaches 66-38. 

Wabash jumped out to a 22-10 lead after the first quarter of play, with no forthcoming threat. Their three-point shooting was the difference in the game, as they knocked down 43 percent of their looks from the perimeter. 

“Wabash is really good,” Eastbrook Head Coach Greg Allison said. “They are playing really good basketball, and they have seven seniors, so they are a very experienced basketball team. We battled, we competed, and we did some good things. But probably the thing that hurt us the most was that they hit 10 threes tonight.”

Despite the loss, the Panthers are continuing to move in the right direction. Their confidence is growing, they are settling into their roles, and most importantly, they are continuing to show improvement with each passing contest. 

“Our kids played well,” Allison said. “They definitely improved. We handled their pressure. They full-court pressed us for a while in the first half, and we were able to handle that. We shot it well from the free-throw line. We got to the free-throw line 14 times and made 10 of them. I feel like we got better today. Obviously, the score looks lopsided, but I’m proud of the way the kids competed.” 

Alex Baker was solid once again for Eastbrook, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks to lead the Panthers. Jackson VanBelkum collected seven points, Jake McKim added six, and Braxton Bowser posted four points and six rebounds. 

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