New Castle — The Greensburg boys basketball team soaked in the atmosphere at New Castle’s Chrysler Fieldhouse Saturday and battled in its second major tournament in six months.
The defending Class 3A State champion Pirates overcame an eight-point deficit and knocked off Class 4A’s seventh-ranked Columbus North, 65-59, in front of a large crowd that made the trip from Decatur County. Mt. Vernon (Fortville) defeated Evansville Harrison 70-53 in the consolation of the City Securities Hall of Fame Classic.
Columbus North fell to 5-2 on the season.
Greensburg, now 9-0, became the 31st different team to win the Boys Classic. The Pirates outscored the Bull Dogs 23-10 in the second quarter to go into halftime leading 37-32.
On his way to an MVP performance, senior Bryant McIntosh scored a game-high 18 points in the first half. The Northwestern University bound McIntosh described how it felt to return to the gymnasium where his basketball passion grew.
“It’s a phenomenal feeling,” said McIntosh. “I don’t know how to put it into words. To come back to the town that I grew up in and represent the community, it’s a dream come true.”
Greensburg’s lead grew to 10 three minutes into the third quarter, but the Bull Dogs tied it at 49-all at the third stop.
However, McIntosh – and hustle plays by numerous teammates – lifted the Pirates back up for good. A team effort from junior Ryan Welage and seniors Collin Rigney, Sean Sellers, Macy Holdsworth and Tom Lawrence, helped the Pirates finish off the Bull Dogs and capture their first ever Hall of Fame championship.
“Definitely, down the stretch, we did what we needed to do to win,” said Sellers. “We played pretty well. It’s a great tournament. A ton of people, a great atmosphere. It’s a really neat tournament. Personally, for me, it’s an honor to be on the All-Classic team, but for the team, it’s even better because it prepares us for big games coming up.”