Warriors hand Cavaliers first loss, 47-40
CULVER — The Culver Cavaliers lost a heartbreaking match up against Winamac Tuesday night, taking their first loss of the season 47-40.
The Cavs (5-1) won the tip-off but Zach Shidler of Winamac stole the ball right back on the first possession, leading to the Warriors (4-1) putting up the first two points of the game. The Warriors went on to score 16 points in the first quarter, highlighted by 3-point buckets from Bryan McKinney and Kyle Krohn, who co-led Winamac as two of three players with 13 points for the night, along with Shidler.
The Cavs had a little more trouble getting shots to fall, but Kyle Vlach — who finished with a game-high 14 points for Culver — sunk a 3-point shot and Allen Biggers, Trent Elliott, and Micah Budzinski all successfully finished two-point plays. The Warriors took the first quarter, however, with a score of 16-9 at the buzzer.
The Warriors’ momentum carried into the second quarter; McKinney had another two points, Jeremy Bentle had his first points of the game, sinking a two-point shot, and Krohn added an additional four points to his tally. The Cavs got into a bit of foul trouble under the hoop, sending the Warriors to the foul line several times, and McKinney and Brennon Morning both had points from the free throw line.
In addition to foul trouble, Culver again couldn’t get its shots to fall throughout most of the second quarter. Vlach claimed another six points and Budzinski sank another two. But at the half, Winamac was in the lead with a score of 26-17.
Culver came back from the half with a new determination. They played great defense, and both Allen Biggers and Kyle Vlach had multiple steals. Biggers had a steal right off the get-go that led to a foul and a pair of free throws. Micah Budzinski ruled the territory under the bucket with five rebounds, including one that led to a 3-point bucket by Vlach and another that he dished to Trent Elliot for an additional two points.
Winamac’s Krohn claimed another three points, Shidler snagged another two, and McKinney sank two from the 3-point line, but the Cavs had started a comeback as the third quarter closed 33-26.
Culver continued to fight back for the lead in the fourth quarter.
Collin Stevens, Jacoda Anderson, and Johnny Anderson all had steals, and two of those steals led to points for the Cavs. Budzinski continued to dominate under the boards. He had an additional five rebounds, his last for a put-back during the last minute of play.
With three minutes to go, the Cavs were within three. Elliot scored two points in the fourth, Jacoda Anderson had three points, and Biggers had six.
But a technical foul against Elliot gave the Warriors the upper hand once again; they hit both of their free throw shots and re-gained possession at a critical point in the game.
Winamac’s McKinney had another five points, Krohn put up an additional two, Jordan Morning put up a point from the free throw line, and Zach Shidler closed out the fourth with four more points.
Despite the technical, the Cavs brought the score within three points again in the very last minute of play. They took several attempts, but once again the shots weren’t falling. Winamac’s Parker Fox had two steals in the last 25 seconds of play. One sent him to the free throw line where he sank both his shots, the second led him to a fast break conversion at the buzzer, and the Warriors closed out the game with a fourth straight win against the Cavs.
• WINAMAC 47, CULVER 40
Score by quarters
Winamac: 16 26 33 47
Culver: 9 17 26 40
WINAMAC (47): Jeremy Bentle 1 0-0 2, Parker Fox 0 0-1 0, J.T. Garnett 0 0-0 0, Kyle Krohn 5 0-0 13, Bryan McKinney 4 3-6 13, Brennon Morning 1 1-2 3, Jordan Morning 1 1-4 3, Levi Schultz 0 0-0 0, Zach Shidler 5 3-5 13; Totals: 17 8-18 47.
CULVER (40): Kyle Vlach 5 0-0 14, Jordan Sanders 0 0-0 0, Collin Stevens 0 0-0 0, Allen Biggers 4 4-4 12, Trent Elliott 2 2-2 6, Johnny Anderson 0 1-2 1, Jacoda Anderson 0 1-2 1, Tucker Schultz 0 0-0 0, Micah Budzinski 3 0-2 6; Totals: 14 9-12 40.
3-point goals: Winamac 5 (Krohn 3, McKinney 2), Culver 4 (Vlach 4); Turnovers: Winamac 16, Culver 15; Rebounds: Winamac 32, Culver 31; Assists: Winamac 9, Culver 7; Steals: Winamac 12, Culver 13; Fouls (fouled out): Winamac 15 (none), Culver 17 (Biggers)
Records: Winamac 4-1, Culver 5-1
JV score: Winamac 39, Culver 29