GOSHEN – The Goshen RedHawks got off to a great start Friday night. The Warsaw Tigers, however, had an even better finish and cruised to a 22-point win.

In Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball action, the host RedHawks made six of their first seven three-point attempts, leading 10-2 and later 22-16 before the Tigers turned the tide en route to a 61-39 victory.

Warsaw, avenging a 58-45 season-ending loss in the first round of  last year’s sectional at historic North Side Gym, bridged the second and third quarters with a 16-0 run.

All told, after trailing 22-16 the Tigers outscored Goshen 45-17 over the final 20 minutes of the game.

“We told the players there’s a good chance Goshen would play well, and they did for the first 12 minutes of the game,” said Warsaw coach Doug Ogle, whose team improved to 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the NLC?standings.

“They shot well. We thought to be close at halftime was pretty good because Goshen had shot the ball so well. And then, somehow we ended up being up three points at halftime. We felt really good because we knew they weren’t going to shoot 6 of 7 (from the arc) again in the second half.

“We don’t pressure that much usually, but we pressed tonight a little bit more than we usually do. We played really well the last two and a half quarters. From an overall standpoint, that might be the best we’ve played.”

And to Warsaw’s credit, the impressive 20-minute stretch wasn’t in the comfort of the Tiger Den.

The Tigers are 5-0 at home this season and have shot the ball really well. They’ve struggled at times, however, in games away from the Tiger Den, going 2-4 prior to Friday night.

Warsaw shot 48 percent from the field in the first half against Goshen, and was even better in the third and fourth quarters, making 60 percent of its shots.

Goshen, now 4-7 overall and 0-3 in the NLC, shot 53 percent in the first half, but after making six of their first seven attempts from the arc the RedHawks made just one of their final six three-pointers and were 6 of 19 from the field overall in the final 16 minutes of play.

The Tigers trailed 13-9 after one quarter of play, but led 25-22 at halftime and 44-30 heading into the final frame.

“We haven’t shot well away from the Tiger Den,” said Ogle, who has led Warsaw to wins in 29 of its last 31 conference games. “Tonight we shot pretty well. This is a good win for us, I’m happy.”

Senior Nolan Groninger led Warsaw with a game-high 16 points, while classmates Trevor Rumple and Tyler Metzinger chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Senior Jaylen Reese and junior Blake Marsh finished with seven and six points, respectively.

Bryant Robinson paced Goshen with 12 points, while Joseph Good added 11 points, Eric Newell nine, and Porter Revoir six.

Beating Goshen for the 32nd time in the last 39 meetings kept Warsaw in a first-place tie in the NLC with Plymouth, a 57-45 winner over Concord Friday.

Both the Tigers and Pilgrims are 3-0 in league play, while Elkhart Memorial and Northridge are 2-1.

Warsaw will travel to Plymouth for the final NLC?game of the season on Feb. 8.

Before that, the Tigers will play its other three conference games against Concord (Jan. 18), NorthWood (Jan. 25) and Memorial (Jan. 31) in the Tiger Den.

“This was a pivotal game because we only have three conference road games this season ... at Wawasee, at Goshen and at Plymouth,” said Ogle. “Our next three are in the Tiger Den, with Concord, NorthWood and Memorial.

“Getting a win against Goshen, and to have our next three conference games at home, we’re not sad about that.”

The Warsaw JV?team improved to 10-2 with a 50-35 win over Goshen.

Drew McCreary and Brock Poe scored 13 points each for the Tigers, while Bishop Walters and Mason Martz chipped in with seven and six points, respectively.

Warsaw is in action again tonight at Fort Wayne Snider.


W    9    16    19    17    –    61

G    13    9    8    9    –    39

Warsaw – Nolan Groninger 6-11 3-4 16, Blake Marsh 3-5 0-0 6, Wyatt Amiss 0-0 0-0 0, Trevor Rumple 5-9 1-1 13, Jaylen Coon 0-1 2-2 2, Keagan Larsh 1-1 0-0 2, Tyler Metzinger 5-9 0-0 10, Jaylen Reese 3-4 0-0 7, Luke Adamiec 2-4 0-0 4, Bishop Walters 0-2 1-2 1, Mason Martz 0-0 0-0 0, Brock Poe 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-46 7-9 61.

Goshen – Drew Hogan 0-2 0-0 0, Ryan Harmelink 0-1 0-0 0, Zack Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Wes Beck 0-0 0-0 0, Austin Cain 0-1 0-0 0, Joseph Good 4-5 0-0 11, Jarah Byler 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Newell 3-4 0-0 9, Porter Revoir 2-6 0-0 6, Ben Bontrager-Singer 0-2 1-2 1, Bryant Robinson 5-13 1-2 12. Totals 14-34 4-10 39.

Three-pointers – Goshen 7 (Good 3, Newell 3, Robinson), Warsaw 4 (Rumple 2, Groninger, Reese); Rebounds – Warsaw 25 (Amiss 4), Goshen 21 (Robinson 4); Turnovers – Warsaw 8, Goshen 15; Fouls – Warsaw 13, Goshen 13; Fouled out – none; Records: Warsaw 8-4 (3-0 NLC), Goshen 4-7 (0-3 NLC)

JV – Warsaw 50, Goshen 35

Warsaw (10-2) – Drew McCreary 13, Brock Poe 13, Bishop Walters 7, Mason Martz 6, Ben Bergen 4, Landon Stanger 3, Jackson Dawson 3, Tyreese Phillips 1