WINAMAC — After dropping a close one at Logansport on Thursday night, the Winamac Warriors bounced back at home on senior night Friday with an impressive win against the visiting Rensselaer Bombers, 56-45.
Winamac (12-8) may possibly face the Bombers (12-9) in their next game at the Class 2A Rensselaer Sectional. A win by the Bombers in their opening game against Delphi (9-11) would set up a rematch with the Warriors.
Emotions ran high Friday night as the senior players, cheerleaders, managers and statisticians were honored before the game. Those emotions carried over into the game as Winamac battled toe-to-toe with the talented Bombers. Rensselaer had speed and tried to force the pace of the game but every time they tried to dictate the pace the Warriors turned it up a notch themselves and simply outhustled the Bombers.
The opening quarter was fast paced and physical. Neither team made a cut or got to the basket without serious contact. By the end of the quarter nothing had been decided yet as both squads were looking at a 15-15 score.
The second frame saw the Warriors start to dictate the pace of the game and also a defense not wanting to surrender easy buckets. Back-to-back 3-pointers by the Warriors sharpshooter Adam Gruenig at the start of the quarter put some distance between the two squads. Also, Jeremy Bentle continued his improved play and proved to be a thorn in the Bombers’ side throughout the game. With Winamac playing a sticky man-to-man defense points were few for Rensselaer as Winamac took a 29-23 lead into the break.
After the intermission the Warriors slowly started to pull away from Rensselaer. A bomb from senior J.T. Garnett at the 3:40 mark gave Winamac their largest lead at that point at 36-27.
Parker Fox was able to break down the Bombers defenders and slash his was to the basket for some easy looks. When he drove the lane at the 1:41 mark his bucket gave Winamac a 41-31 lead. However, the Bombers were able to make a short 5-0 run to end the quarter and after three it stood at 41-36.