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December 31, 2013

Pirates win first basketball state championship

Indianapolis — The Greensburg boys basketball team made school history in late March by capturing the school’s first state championship in team competition.

The Pirates overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to claim the Class 3A title in overtime, 73-70 over Fort Wayne Concordia at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Greensburg’s last four opponents in the tournament had not lost to a 3A team before facing the Pirates. Those teams finished combined 43-4 (.915) in 3A, with all four losses to Greensburg, and a combined 90-15 (.867) overall.

The victory also meant that Greensburg (26-1) completes the basketball season with the best winning percentage (.963) in the state, regardless of class affiliation.

The lengthy battle proved that, literally, a game is not over until the final buzzer sounds.

The Concordia Cadets jumped out to a 5-0 lead until Pirate sophomore Ryan Welage put Greensburg on the board. Junior Bryant McIntosh pulled his team to within one with a steal and a layup, making it 5-4.

The Pirates trailed by one on two more occasions, but a Welage jumper tied the game for the first time at 10-all with 1:11 left in the first quarter. Senior Brandon Webb, though, ended the opening period with a layup and a 12-10 edge.

The Cadets outscored Greensburg 19-11 in the second quarter, led by seniors Marq Rogers and Brian Gremaux with five points apiece.

The Pirates trailed 31-21 at halftime. Concordia junior C.J. McCall had three fouls in the first half, while three Pirates had two fouls apiece. Junior Sean Sellers, Greensburg’s career scoring leader, had just two points at the break.

Head coach Stacy Meyer described what made FWC tough to beat Saturday, most notably their physical presence.

“Early on, defensively, they were very physical with us,” he said. “They denied the basketball, and I know Bryant made a couple dribble-drives early, which is not our offense. We’re going to get three or four ball reversals, and then try to break them down. I thought they did a pretty good job of taking Sean out early in the game. He didn’t get a lot of scoring opportunities until that third quarter. We haven’t faced [that] amount of length in a team, and physically, they beat us up inside.”

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