Warsaw Beats Green Ridge On Memorable Night

Johnie J. Logue
Enterprise Staff
It had been several years since WHS had played Green Ridge in a boys basketball game. Former WHS HOF basketball player Bobby Barnes remembers, “We would play Green Ridge all of the time and we never lost. It was good times and great memories.”
Warsaw changing conferences opened up some games on the schedule and a trip to the little town of less than 500 people with a pretty decent Class 1 basketball team was chosen to round out the schedule.
On Friday,  December 21, 2018, the two teams met again and this time at least four people forge a lasting memory.
Senior Matt Luebbert would have a career high 39 points in defeating Green Ridge 75-46. He had 22 in the first half. Green Ridge Head Coach Jason Cannon was impressed, “The thing that impressed me about him tonight was how he was able to get a spot and get a shot off so quick.” Warsaw fans have been watching and appreciating  that for almost four years now.
Warsaw jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but the sharpshooting Tigers would charge back as it only 21-16 after one. In the second quarter Luebbert and company would pulled away some as it was 39-26 at the half.
Green Ridge Junior and leading scorer Alex Rebikh would break his right pinky finger going up for a rebound in the second quarter and played the rest of game with a stint. He had eight points in the first half and hit an old fashioned granny style free throw in the fourth quarter for nine points.
Green Ridge Junior Dallin Townsend tried to keep Green Ridge in the game with some long range shooting and had 19 points on the night, but Luebbert and Logan Davis, who had 15 points, were just too much for the Tigers on this particular night. It was 53-34 after three. Warsaw Freshman Brady Slavens made his presence known for the varsity with a three and a layup in the fourth for five points.
Warsaw moved to 8-3 and Green Ridge fell to 3-5.
Warsaw won the JV game 54-28 with James Kellner scoring 19 points. It was in this game where the loudest ovation was heard on the night and two more players made lasting memories.
Special Needs Sophomore Michael Nilson from Green Ridge entered the game in the final minute. Warsaw called a time out and Assistant Coach Anthony Bueke told his players not to guard number 13. Nilson would put up a three point shot and miss. Freshman Grant Chapman would get the rebound and bring the ball up court with pressure defense from Nilson. Nilson would steal the ball from a kindhearted Chapman and shoot another three and miss. He would gather in his rebound and bank in a 12 footer to the roar of the crowd on both sides.
As the two teams shook hands as it is custom to do, Chapman received a hug from the Green Ridge A.D and a pat on the back from fans after the game all night long. Also, people on Facebook commented on the play and it was the talk of the Warsaw bus ride on the way home. Yes, it was a night of memories.