Basketball

The rematch between Monroe Central and Wapahani will take place on Friday

Wapahani's Isaac Andrews heads for the basket during their game at Monroe Central High School on Friday, February 11, 2022.

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Fridays sectional semi-finals at Alexandria features the most anticipated game of the East Central Indiana boys basketball season: a rematch between undefeated Monroe Central and Wapahani.

Still, a moment in the Raiders’ 49-43 win over Frankton on Wednesday compromised the fight. sophomore star isaac andrews (23 ppg) attempted a rebound midway through the third quarter and landed on an opponent’s foot, spraining his right ankle.

Wapahani No. 7 Class 2A (19-4) held just a three-point lead, and the Eagles took an early lead with a 6-0 run during the guard’s absence. Junior Aidan Franks (19 ppg) tied the game 33-33 with a late layup, but uncertainty gripped the tense Raider crowd as the final eight minutes approached.

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Andrews had his right taped, wrapped and supported with a splint as he tested the sideline for pain. He surely would have stayed away if it was a regular season game, but Andrews, his coaches and his teammates never doubted he would be back.

“I also knew I would come back as soon as I fell. There was no way I was going to get out of this game. I was keeping the game in my hands,” Andrews said. “Basketball is my life, so this team means everything to me. It’s my family.”

Still limited, Andrews returned to his primary ball-handling duties. Franks and junior Nathan Nelson made clutch baskets throughout the final frame to hold a slim advantage until Frankton led 41-40 with three minutes remaining.

Senior Drayden Gates, who entered the playoffs with just 34 points on the year, made a pivotal layup and -1 to give Wapahani a 43-41 lead. Both teams stalled for the next two minutes until the ball was in Andrews’ hands.