December 28th kicked off the 15th edition of the Bob Wettig Memorial Tournament at Richmond High School. It was a busy day of pool play as 12 games took place in a little less than twelve hours.
Greensburg Pirates (2-0)
Greensburg started the day hot with a blowout win over Seton Catholic 69-38. Complete team with balanced scoring all around. Coliln Comer is a baller. He shot the ball well in the win over the Cardinals scoring 19 points. Brenden Stanley, Addison Barnes Pettit, and Dakota Walters are all key parts of the attack for the Pirates. Greensburg also went on to defeat Miami Valley 60-28.
Richmond Red Devils (2-0)
Richmond rolled in both of their wins as they defeated Victory College Prep 86-40 and 67-44. Richmond has one of the most balance scoring attacks across their roster. The combination of Stephen Douglas, Ryder Cate, Mason Carpenter, Cedric Horton-Hogg, and Chase Newton firing on all cylinders like they have in the two games of the Wettig so far, make them a lethal threat to take the Wettig crown. Add Gunner Kovach off the bench knocking down a few jumpers, and that is a masterpiece for true success.
Fort Wayne Northrop Bruins (2-0)
Jalen Jackson is truly as advertised. A certified bucket for sure. Jackson led the Bruins with 26 points in a big win over Lawrenceburg 49-32. Jackson also added 19 points in the win over Central Christian Academy 69-44. When Devin Campos, Jaydon Smith, and Jayden Schmenk get going the Bruins can really score in bunches and run away with games. Add the size down low with Alexander if they get him going in Bracket play, the Bruins could be well on their way to a Wettig crown.
Bloomington South (2-0)
The heavy favorite coming in by many. A team with tons of talent around. The top 7 are complete and compliment each other in every form. Joyce, Kincaid, Wisley, and Rochell can be thorn in the side on offense and defense. The athletic ability of this team goes through the roof. If they take control of the game and play at their own pace, there isn’t a team in this tournament that can be efficient enough if they get behind the Panthers by more than 8 points. Bloomington South defeated Indianapolis Homeschool 61-37 and Northwood 48-38.
Seton Catholic Cardinals (1-1)
A team that has had its recent struggles but poised to push itself into the 5th place game with a task at hand against a struggling Purdue Poly team. Although guard heavy with Washington, Hill, and Hogg they can make an impact on offense in defense. If you look at small school basketball this is the best lower class team in the Wettig. Mason Harvey can be a monster against teams similar in size. Already a 20+ point and 20+ rebound game in this tournament, the Cardinals will continue to turn to Harvey to spark their run in this tournament. Seton fell to Greensburg 69-38 and but then defeated Miami Valley 88-76.
Purdue Poly Techies (1-1)
Full of question marks coming in as a team that is still trying to find their leader. Perkins could be the man to do that for them as he sparked a late run against Richmond, but the Techies couldn’t hold on. Etabo, Chase, and Primus are still struggling from the floor, but for the Techies to have a shot at 5th place they are going to have to come alive against a Cardinals team that can run and gun with basketball. Purdue Poly defeated VCP 58-55 and fell to Richmond 67-44.
Northwood Panthers (1-1)
The Northwood Panthers may be the best team in the Silver Bracket. Undefeated coming into the Wettig before falling in a tough classic battle with Blooming South 48-38. Northwood did kick off the day with a dominant 70-43 win over Indianapolis Homeschool. Cade Brenner and Ian Raasch lead the Panthers in all aspects of the game. On the offensive and defensive side of the things the Panthers live and die with them. With the addition Bontrager and Payne down low the Panthers could make some noise in this Silver Bracket with dominant post play.
Lawrenceburg Tigers (1-1)
The team ones may fear the most in the Silver Bracket happens to be the Lawrenceburg Tigers. Easily one of the best defensive teams in the tournament as they can fire multiple defenses at their opponents to throw them off. Lawrenceburg started the day well defeating Central Christian 58-44, before falling to Jalen Jackson and the FW Northrop Bruins 49-32. Garrett Yoon and Jackson Bobo are the main ones to watch on this squad. Both impressive in the opening day of the Wettig. Look for them to get going and try to lead this Tigers team to a 5th place finish.
Victory College Prep (0-2)
They may have dropped both games in the opening day of the Wettig (Richmond and Purdue Poly), the Firehawks are poised to have big day as they kick things off with a struggling Miami Valley Saints team. Washington and Fred Johnson are key factors for this team and are going to need them to come up big if they want to grab that 9th place finish.
Miami Valley Saints (0-2)
One of the lone teams we did not see in action at the Tiernan Center, but scored the basketball well against the Seton Catholic Cardinals. They went toe to toe before falling late. After the blowout lost to Greensburg, the Saints refocused themselves and are poised to do work in the Bronze Bracket when they kick things off at 8:30am.
Central Christian Academy Chargers (0-2)
A surprise to many falling into the Bronze Bracket but after receiving a tough draw for pool play, the Chargers are poised to have a monster day at the Tiernan Center. They will kicks things off with Indianapolis Homeschool on Wednesday, which on paper is slated to be the second best team in the Bronze Bracket. Look for fireworks from the Chargers as they try to even out and go 2-2 at the Wettig.
Indianapolis Homeschool Wildcats (0-2)
Another team that ran into a tough pool play draw. Many saw this team in the middle of the pack of this tournament. The Wildcats however fell and will have to work their way to a 9th place finish. They have tough task at hand, but nothing they aren’t expecting as they had two toughs tasks this tournament already (Northwood/Bloomington South). Wildcats will have to get Owne, the Gourley brothers, and Wirts going if they want to knock off the Chargers and play in the Bronze Brackets Championship Game.