WALTON — It’s been a roller-coaster season for the Lewis Cass boys basketball team. After going just 3-7 in the months of December and January, the Kings have managed to string together a 3-1 record in the month of February following a win here Saturday night.

Cass held visiting Winamac to just 28 percent shooting for the game en route to a much-needed, 55-43 win.

“This was a good win for us,” said Kings coach Matt Carver, whose squad bounced back from a 20-point loss at Peru on Friday. “Winamac threw a lot of defensive looks at us and we had to make adjustments on the fly and capitalized when we needed.”

Junior forward Evan Depew was the beneficiary of most of the Kings’ adjustments. He finished with a game- and career-high 22 points on perfect 9-for-9 shooting.

Cass held a 8-7 lead after one quarter of play and pushed the advantage to 10 heading into halftime. Both teams played very stingy defense, accounting for 20 combined turnovers in the half.

“We see this type of defense everyday in practice,” said Carver “Once we settled down, we started getting the offensive looks we knew were there.”

Winamac had no plans of going away as the Warriors went on an 8-4 run cutting the Kings’ lead to 32-26, forcing Cass to call a timeout. Depew responded after the timeout, hitting three straight shots to push the Kings’ lead back to eight with 3:17 left in the third quarter. The Warriors responded with its own 4-0 run to end the quarter trailing 38-30.

That would be as close as the Warriors would come.

Cass scored the first five points of the fourth quarter to push the lead to double digits at 43-30 with 4:15 left. The Kings padded that lead to 51-39 before both teams emptied their benches.

Colton Zeck added eight points for the Kings, while Andrew Troutman came off the bench to chip in with eight points. The Kings were led in rebounding by Jaren Downhour with seven.

Ryan Abbott led the Warriors with 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.

The Kings improved to 6-9 and will look to get their first Mid-Indiana Conference win Thursday when they travel to Eastern.

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