By Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News
Greensburg — The Greensburg boys basketball team opened the Greensburg Sectional 29 Tournament with an emphatic statement. Whichever team wants to win the title will have to stop the defending sectional champion first.
Greensburg (22-1) eliminated South Dearborn 105-38 in one of the most balanced offensive performances head coach Stacy Meyer has ever seen. Six Pirates scored in double figures, including three by halftime.
The Greensburg defense created the scoring chances in the opening minutes of the game. Greensburg jumped out to a 21-0 lead before the halfway mark of the first quarter, and the Knights (3-19) were scoreless until that point.
Seniors Sean Sellers and Tom Lawrence were active in the first eight minutes. Sellers scored seven points in the opening frame, while Lawrence added four – including a tip-in at the buzzer to make it 33-4 at the first stop. Senior Macy Holdsworth added eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers.
After missing three straight games prior to the season finale, senior Collin Rigney regained his shooting game. Rigney hit his second of three triples halfway through the second quarter. Moments later, Rigney, Sellers and senior Bryant McIntosh each hit a trey inside a span of one minute to build a 49-8 lead. Sellers later scored along the baseline at the buzzer, putting the Pirates up 57-13 at the half.
Coach Meyer applauded Greensburg for having an answer against a Knight zone defense.
“We moved the ball very well,” he said. “We stayed focused throughout on both ends of the floor.”
Sellers scored in a flurry to begin the second half. The leading scorer at the half (12 points) scored 18 points in the third quarter alone, helping the Pirates build a 50-point lead at 68-18.
Sellers finished with 30 points, a tournament career high, and 11 rebounds.
“He did a nice job in the third quarter of offensive rebounding,” said Meyer of Sellers.
The end of the third quarter marked the start of play for the Pirate bench. Greensburg’s reserves did not slow down the pace of the game, with four different senior subs appearing in the scoring column. The Pirates went on a 12-2 run that featured a slam dunk from Lawrence and a triple by senior Riley Burkert that lifted his team over the century mark. Senior Bryce Bennett and sophomores Peyton Buening and Drew Foster also played in the fourth quarter.
McIntosh and Lawrence each finished with 13 points, including a triple apiece. Holdsworth, Rigney and junior Ryan Welage each scored 11, while senior Tye Fleetwood scored eight. Chipping in four points apiece were Burkert and senior Brad Wilson.
Greensburg shot 9-for-16 (56 percent) from the foul line and made 10 triples.
3-pointers: Rigney 3, Holdsworth 2, Sellers 2, Burkert 1, McIntosh 1, Lawrence 1.
Meyer pointed out the key to the win after the game.
“We moved the ball very well and we played unselfish,” he said.
Senior Dennis Crawford led the Knights with nine points on a trio of fourth-quarter triples. Junior Blake Kirkey and sophomore Drew Lewis each added six, and junior Ryan Howell scored five. Rounding out the scoring were senior Jeffrey Wohlfrom, Ian Rutzel and Evan Oatman with four apiece.
The Knights shot 7-for-9 from the foul line and made five treys.
Meyer said he expects a bigger crowd Friday night for the Franklin County game, which will be a 6 p.m. tipoff.
“For a 6 p.m. game on a Tuesday night, I thought we had a great crowd,” he said. “We’ll get them in full force Friday night.”
Lawrenceburg (12-9) beat Rushville (10-10) in the second game Tuesday. Batesville (17-3) will play Lawrenceburg in the bottom bracket at 7:30.
Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.