In most states, basketball is just another sport, but in Indiana Basketball is King. The skills and talents of basketball teams across the state were on display on Tuesday night as the 109th IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament kicked off. Playing in the 4A Sectional hosted by Penn High School, the John Adams Eagles played the Mishawaka Cavemen in the opening round of Sectional play. Earlier in the year, the Eagles defeated the Cavemen 67-58.
On Tuesday, it was win or go home for both teams, and the Eagles were not ready to end the season. Only trailing by 1 point at the end of the first quarter, the Eagles turned the pressure on behind an impressive offensive attack and some of the best defense the team has played all season. In the fourth quarter, the Eagles held Mishawaka to only 4 points. Adams would go on to defeat Mishawaka 61-37. The 37 points was the fewest points the Eagles had allowed in tournament play since a 33-34 loss to Penn High School in 2000.
It was a big night for Quentez Columbus who scored 19 points, leading the way for Adams. Columbus scored two 3 points baskets and was 3 for 4 from the free throw line. Ben Foster scored 8 points, Chuck Worsham and Sydney Jefferies each had 7 points, Shak Johnson and Kyrin McClatchey had 6 points, Lynn King scored 3 points, TJ Mitchell and TeVaughn Columbus each scored 2 points, and Jessie Morgan ended the night with 1 point.
For the first time since the middle of December the Eagles improve to an above .500 record, now standing at 13-12. Adams will play SB Clay who received a bye on Friday evening at 6:00 PM.