Greensburg — The Greensburg boys basketball team took an early lead in Saturday’s sectional championship, and actually led for all but 25 seconds of its 61-55 win over Batesville.
The Bulldogs, though, tested the Pirates for all 32 minutes and never let Greensburg run away with the game.
Unlike its 30-point win over Batesville in which Greensburg increased its lead in every quarter, the Pirates found Batesville closing in on their advantage in the second half. The Bulldogs reduced the margin to eight at halftime before Greensburg took its largest lead at 14 late in the third quarter. Greensburg’s largest lead in the fourth quarter was 12 points, and the Bulldogs went to work to cut it down to four.
However, the Pirates made their last eight free throws in the final four minutes of the game to seal the win.
“When you play good teams, they’re going to make runs at you,” said Greensburg head coach Stacy Meyer. “We just never got real rattled. We took care of the basketball, forced them to foul us, and we came in and knocked free throws down down the stretch."
According to Meyer, maintaining its composure was a big key for Greensburg.
“What I was proud of was, they made their run in the fourth quarter, we withstood it, and we knocked free throws down at the end,” said Meyer. “We got enough defensive stops, we blocked out and rebounded well enough to win the game. Give our kids a lot of credit to come in, have the target on their back all year, and then to come in and win the sectional is big.”
Greensburg withstood the Batesville rally, in which junior Bryan Hoeing and senior Wes McKinney combined for 23 second-half points, by maintaining a two-possession cushion and staying poised on defense.