SOUTH WHITLEY – Warsaw’s Trevor Rumple came through when it mattered Wednesday.

Rumple hit clutch shots as the?Warsaw boys basketball team overcame a poor shooting performance to win 51-40 in a non-conference game at Whitko.

“We just kind of hung on,” said Warsaw coach Doug Ogle. “We’re happy we won. We’re thankful for that, but we know we can play better.”

Warsaw shot 35 percent from the floor, while Whitko was 31 percent on field goals made.

The outlier was Rumple, who came off the bench to hit 5 of 8 three-pointers and score a game-high 18 points. The performance came not long after returning from an injury, and on the same day he committed to play basketball at Olivet Nazarene University.

“Rumple’s play off the bench tonight was really big,” Ogle said.

More important than his point total was the fact he came through every time Warsaw needed a big basket.

The Tigers led 14-13 in the second quarter when they sank a three-pointer that was called off by an inadvertent whistle.

Following a lively protest by Warsaw’s fans and Ogle, Rumple responded to the whistle with a three-pointer.

He nailed another trey and drew a charge that negated a Whitko bucket as Warsaw stretched its lead in the second half.

Rumple came through again in the fourth quarter, after Whitko’s Spencer Sroufe cashed in on a three-point play by sinking a free throw to cut the lead to three.

Rumple fired up from beyond the arc and sent the ball through the nylon.

“He hit big shots tonight, so I’m happy for him,” Ogle said. “He’s had a tough start to the season, so it’s nice for him to have a game like that.”

Jalen?Reese followed with a three-pointer to stretch the Tigers’ lead to nine, and the Wildcats never got closer than seven points after that.

Whitko resorted to intentional fouling to stop the clock within the last two minutes, and Warsaw hit its shots from the stripe to seal the victory.

Whitko coach Eli Henson was glad to see the Wildcats hang with Warsaw, but was disappointed by his team being outrebounded 46-19.

“It’s good for those kids to see we’re capable of playing anybody on our schedule, but realize the little things are beating you right now,” Henson said. “And to me, right now, it’s honestly just rebounding.”

Brett Sickafoose and Drake Lewis scored 14 points each for Whitko.

The Wildcats (5-3) will play Dec. 28 against Plymouth in the Pilgrims’ own tournament, while Warsaw (5-3) will host 2A No. 1 Westview Saturday.



WARSAW 51, WHITKO 40

War    7    11    13    9    –    40

Whi    12    13    13    13    –    51

Warsaw – Nolan Groninger 2-10 4-4 8, Blake Marsh 0-3 0-0 0, Wyatt Amiss 1-6 2-2 5, Trevor Rumple 6-10 1-2 18, Connor Lennox 1-1 0-0 2, Jaylen Coon 0-3 0-0 0, Keagan?Larsh 1-1 0-0 2, Tyler Metzinger 2-7 0-0 4, Jaylen Reese 4-8 0-1 10, Luke Adamiec 1-3 0-2 2. Totals 18-52 7-10 51

Whitko – Brett Sickafoose 3-11 7-7 14, Clayton Ebbinghouse 0-4 0-0 0, Drake Lewis 4-4 5-6 14, Micah Cokl 0-2 0-0 0, Devin Blaine 0-0 0-0 0, William Rickerd 0-0 0-0 0, Spencer Sroufe 5-18 2-4 12. Totals 12-39 14-17 40.

Three-pointers – Warsaw 8 (Rumple 5, Reese 2, Amiss 1); Whitko 2 (Lewis 1, Sickafoose 1); Rebounding – Warsaw 46 (Groninger 8), Whitko 19 (Sroufe 7); Turnovers – Warsaw 17, Whitko 8; Fouls – Warsaw 17, Whitko 14; Fouled out – none;?Records: Warsaw 5-3, Whitko 2-5.

JV – Warsaw 56, Whitko 37

Warsaw – Jackson Dawson 13, Bishop Walters 9, Brock Poe 9, Ben Bergen 7, Mason Martz 7, Luke Adamiec 4, Graydon Brath 3, Caleb Sands 2, Landon Stranger 2.

Whitko – William Rickerd 9, Aiden Hoffman 6, Keith Miller 6, Kylar Bryant 5, Dale Reiff 5, Slater Craig 4, Andrew Swartz 2.