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December 31, 2013

Pirates win first basketball state championship

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Sellers came alive in the third quarter. The Pirates pulled to within eight twice on two early pairs of Sellers free throws, but Concordia’s lead fluctuated between five and 10 points throughout the quarter. McIntosh scored six straight points, and Sellers made it 49-44 before the third stop.

Greensburg’s biggest deficit in the fourth quarter was seven. The teams exchanged baskets twice in the first two minutes, and Greensburg’s defense tightened up as Sellers grabbed two quick defensive rebounds. The score stayed at 53-48 for nearly two minutes until a Welage shot block and defensive board by McIntosh set up a McIntosh layup, making it 53-50 with 4:53 left.

Gremaux put the Cadets back up by five, but Sellers answered with another pair at the stripe after McCall picked up his fourth foul.

The most Greensburg trailed the rest of the game was by four at 58-54. With 1:33 to go, a defensive board by junior Collin Rigney was sandwiched by scores from Sellers and McIntosh. Suddenly, the Pirates found themselves down by just two.

Another Rigney board set up McIntosh’s game-tying layup at the 1:27 mark, but Sellers fouled out with 48 seconds left. Senior Thomas Starks hit one free throw to make it 59-58.

McCall then gave his team its largest lead the rest of the way, hitting a pair with 33 seconds to go.

Moments later, McIntosh buried a triple to tie the game for just the second time, 61-all.

On the ensuing possession, senior Tyler Burcham came up with a big steal for Greensburg, but the Pirates turned it over after a timeout. However, Rogers missed a potential game-winning three at the buzzer.

The lead changed five times in the extra session. Following a Starks basket, McIntosh forced a tie with two foul shots. Moments later, Rogers tipped in a deuce before two more McIntosh free throws tied it again at 65-all.

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