CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s boys basketball team will play host to county rival Whitko tonight (Saturday, Feb. 16) in a game that should prove competitive for the Whitley County teams.
Whitko holds a 10-9 record and Churubusco is 10-10 after a 65-51 loss to Fairfield (15-5) last night (Friday, Feb. 15).
Before the loss to Fairfield, the Eagles were on a three-game win streak, outscoring their opponents 257-117.
The Wildcats most recently beat Three Rivers Conference rival North Miami, 83-57, on Feb. 13.
Churubusco has won the last two Whitko/’Busco match-ups. Last year, the Eagles on 66-60 and won 69-62 in 2017.
This year’s game is expected to be competitive, as the Wildcats sport 6-foot-7 powerhouse Spencer Sroufe and sharp shooters Clayton Ebbinghouse, Drake Lewis and Brett Sickafoose — who have all posted 20 points or more during games this season.
The Wildcats’ guards will have to contend with the Eagles’ scrappy defense, however. Churubusco’s Jackson Paul, Gage Kelly, and the rest of the Eagles are relentless defenders.
Paul also leads the Eagles’ offensive charge, averaging 18.3 points per game and 5.7 assists.
Both teams have faced fellow county rival Columbia City. Whitko beat CC in the season opener, 60-58, on Nov. 21. Churubusco lost to Columbia City 68-55 on Dec. 4. However, all three teams have seen large improvements since the beginning of the season.
The varsity game tips off at 7:45 p.m. at Churubusco High School.