Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 14, 2013

Rigney’s 7 triples lead Pirates over Trojans

Pirates unselfish in Friday’s fast start

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg boys basketball team posted dominant 67-29 win over East Central Friday. The game was the official home opener for the Pirates, as the season opener against North Decatur was designated a home game for North.

A big individual performance lifted the Pirates to a 45-9 halftime lead. Senior guard Collin Rigney made six 3-pointers in the first half, doubling the Trojans’ total first-half output by himself.

Greensburg led 16-2 after the first five minutes. Junior Ryan Welage started the scoring in the paint, and Rigney scored the next nine points. Senior Sean Sellers converted a 3-point play, and the rout was on when senior Macy Holdsworth hit a layup off a steal.

Senior Bryant McIntosh scored five points late in the opening quarter, sending Greensburg to a 22-3 lead after the first stop.

“We had a really good start, and our defensive effort left us with easy baskets at the other end,” said Greensburg head coach Stacy Meyer.

Sellers scored nine points in the second quarter, highlighted by a two-handed slam.

Rigney started the second half with his seventh triple, a single-game career high and team high, making it 48-9. According to Meyer, Rigney was one trey away from breaking the school record for a single game.

“Collin had a really good night,” said Meyer. “Credit to other guys for finding him. They knew he had the hot hand and they did a good job getting him the ball. Once again, we did a really good job of playing unselfish basketball.”

Welage scored four quick points until Meyer called off the dogs and emptied the bench. Playing for most of the second half were seniors Bryce Bennett, Brad Wilson, Tye Fleetwood and Tom Lawrence. Foster, senior Riley Burkert, junior Kevin Beaver and sophomore Peyton Buening also came off the bench in the second half.

The Pirates stayed busy at the foul line. Foster and Lawrence hit a pair at the stripe, and the Pirates led 58-19 after three quarters.

Rigney led Greensburg with a career-high 21 points. Sellers followed with 12, and McIntosh added 10.

Other scoring:  Ryan Welage 8, Tye Fleetwood 5, Tom Lawrence 3, Bryce Bennett 2, Macy Holdsworth 2, Riley Burkert 2, Drew Foster 2.

Greensburg shot 15-for-17 from the foul line (88 percent).

The junior varsity Pirates won the first game 53-33. The Pirates led 14-6 after the first stop and 23-15 at halftime. Greensburg outscored the Trojans 21-3 in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Chandler Deaton scored a team-high 16 points. Drew Foster followed with 11, Peyton Buening scored nine, including a 3-pointer, and Keegan McCullough added six (two triples).

Other scoring:  Tommy Carey 4, Kevin Beaver 3 (trey), Jaden Smith 2, Greg Schroeder 2.

The JV Pirates shot 7-for-12 from the foul line and made four treys.

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.