Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

December 24, 2013

Pirates subdue tall Panthers 76-52

By Nick Gonnella Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — The Greensburg boys basketball team improved to 7-0 with another blowout win, 76-52 over Jennings County Friday at home.

The Pirates won on the strength of five different scorers in double figures.

Greensburg led 20-9 after the first quarter, and extended the lead with a 24-9 second-quarter edge to make it 44-18 at the half.

Three Pirates were already in double figures at the half for head coach Stacy Meyer’s squad.

Greensburg overcame a tall force for the Panthers, 6-foot-9 senior center Brad Hunt. Second-year Panther coach Joe Hartwell, the former South Decatur coach, saw Hunt take over and close the gap for his team. Hunt ended the night with a game-high 28 points, and two second-half dunks.

Greensburg, though, went on a 6-0 run led by senior Bryant McIntosh, closing out the third quarter 14-13.

Greensburg’s own tall man, 6-foot-8 junior Ryan Welage, exchanged two baskets apiece with Hunt to begin the fourth quarter. The Pirates went up by 30, at 74-44, on consecutive baskets by Welage and senior Sean Sellers. The Panthers (3-2) closed the gap somewhat by outscoring the Pirates 21-18 in the final eight minutes.

Senior Bryant McIntosh scored a team-high 21 points. Sellers followed with 20, while senior Collin Rigney scored 12. Greensburg’s top three scorers each hit a pair of 3-pointers. Welage added 11 points. Senior Tom Lawrence, making his first varsity start, scored 10 (including a triple). Sophomore Drew Foster chipped in two.

Greensburg shot 11-for-15 from the foul line and made seven triples. Sellers shot 4-for-4 from the stripe.

The Pirate junior varsity team also won, 41-32. Greensburg led 11-5 after the first quarter and 15-6 at the half.

Peyton Buening led Greensburg with 13 points, including a 3-pointer. Foster scored eight, while Keegan McCullough (2 triples) and Tommy Carey each added six. Kevin Beaver scored four. Rounding out the scoring for the JV Pirates were Alex Pokrzywinksi and Chandler Deaton with two points apiece.

The Pirates head to New Castle next, for the Hall of Fame Classic this Saturday at New Castle Chrysler Field House. The Pirates will play Class 4A Mt. Vernon (Fortville) at 11 a.m. in the first game. Columbus East will play Evansville Harrison next. The consolation game is at 6 p.m., with the championship game to follow.

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