Friday night was a special night for basketball in the City of South Bend as the John Adams Boys Basketball team hosted the SB Riley Wildcats. The game celebrated the legacy and heritage of the former South Bend Central High School, which closed in 1970. South Bend Central was the city’s first public high school and won 2 State Championships, 2 time state runner ups, 5 Semi state championships, 15 Regional championships, 29 Sectional championships, and 15 Northern Indiana Conference Championships.
Both teams wore throwback uniforms to the days of the South Bend Bears, cheerleaders wore Central uniforms as well, and the alumni from Central were able to meet and relive the many fond memories of the school.
There was plenty of action off the court with the celebration and festivities, but things were really hot on the court once the game began as the two teams faced each other for the second time this season.
When the two teams meet, the teams never disappoint as the game is always competitive. For the 140th meeting between the two, this meeting followed suite. After one quarter, the teams were tied up at 17 and were going back and forth throughout the half with Riley holding the slight advantage at the half, leading by 4. During the second half however, the #10 Wildcats were able to get a lead on the Eagles in the 3rd quarter and were able to hold that lead, securing the 85-70 win over the Eagles.
Shak Johnson was the leading scorer for Adams against the Wildcats. Johnson who was 5 for 7 from the free throw line ended the night with 21 points. Sydney Jefferies added 16 points and was 4 for 7 from the stripe. Quentez Columbus had 12 points, Ben Foster scored 11, Lynn King had 6 points, and Chuck Worsham ended the night with 4 points.
While the team may have lost on the court, they shared with the students, staff, fans, and alumni of South Bend School a special evening that brought the community together to celebrate its past, present, and future.
The Athletic Department wants to extend its thanks to the South Bend Alumni Association, Crowe, and all those who helped in this exciting evening.
The Eagles will play again on Saturday afternoon against Indianapolis Scecina at Mishawaka High School in the Organ Donor Classic.
Next Friday the Eagles will end the regular season with Senior Night as they host New Prairie High School.