Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

January 4, 2014

Pirates stay perfect, beat Braves

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Following five straight wins over Class 4A teams, including two for Saturday’s Hall of Fame Classic championship, the Greensburg boys basketball team defeated visiting Indian Creek Friday.

The  Pirates posted their first win over a Class 3A team since Dec. 7 over Batesville.

Before player introductions, Greensburg senior Bryant McIntosh was recognized for scoring his 1,000th point in last Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic. McIntosh, the tournament MVP, also holds the school record for career assists.

Greensburg led from start to finish Friday, with senior Sean Sellers scoring 10 points in the first eight minutes. Sellers flushed two slam dunks in the quarter, and added a tip-in at the buzzer to put the Pirates up 19-10.

Although the Pirates avoided a letdown after returning with the Hall of Fame Classic championship, head coach Stacy Meyer said Greensburg started out slow in the first half.

“The first half, offensively we scored the ball well,” said Meyer. “I didn’t think we were the sharpest we could have been in the first half. The hangover could have been the Hall of Fame tournament, and not being in school for a while.”

Sellers traded slams for 3-pointers, as two long jumpers gave the Pirates a 31-17 lead with 3:25 left in the first half. McIntosh added eight points in the first half, while senior Collin Rigney hit a pair of triples for six. Junior Ryan Welage had four at the break.

Greensburg led 42-26 at halftime.

Pirate senior Macy Holdsworth scored five in the first half, but led all Pirates in scoring after the break. In a seven-point personal run, Holdsworth buried two treys and later added another for a season-high 15 total points on the night.

The Pirates held the Braves to just 16 second-half points.

“The defense was much sharper in the second half, and we were sharper offensively, also,” noted Meyer. “This group does have a toughness about it. If they don’t have a good quarter, they bounce back and respond. We always walk away from games wanting to get better from that game. They understand that and respond.”

Meyer congratulated McIntosh for his personal milestone as athletic director Bill Edwards presented McIntosh with the game ball. Still, Meyer knows that the players prefer team wins over career accomplishments.

“That’s been the joy with this group of guys,” said Meyer. “They always put personal goals behind themselves and look out for the team. That’s what’s special about this group. They trust one another and they play for one another, and that’s what’s made it fun.”

Sellers finished with 22 points to lead Greensburg. McIntosh and Holdsworth each added 15, while Welage scored 13. Welage shot 9-for-11 from the foul line, including a 3-point play. Rigney scored six, while senior Tom Lawrence shot 5-for-6 from the foul line for his five points. Senior Brad Wilson chipped in two points with a fourth-quarter basket.

Greensburg shot 21-for-25 (84 percent) and made eight treys.

The Pirates return to the road against two more Class 4A teams, playing Shelbyville Friday and Connersville Saturday. Greensburg returns home Jan. 16 for the rematch against Batesville, which will be a conference game.

The Pirate junior varsity team won 45-31. Peyton Buening scored a team-high 12 points, including a 3-pointer. Drew Foster followed with 11. Keegan McCullough scored seven, including a triple. Kevin Beaver scored six, leading his team at the foul line with a 4-for-4 effort. Chandler Deaton scored four, Spencer Burkert scored three and Tommy Carey chipped in two.

Greensburg’s JV squad shot 13-for-20 (65 percent) from the foul line.

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