Washington — The Greensburg boys basketball team returned to Washington Saturday for a third straight season and brought its second straight regional championship back to Decatur County.
The Pirates, ranked No. 1 in the Class 3A the entire season, defeated Silver Creek 70-60 in the semifinal and Evansville Memorial 73-50 in the title game.
Greensburg completed the two-game sweep of the Washington Regional with a convincing win over Evansville Memorial.
Playing against an Evansville team for a second straight year, the Pirates took a different approach against the Tigers than they did against the Dragons. Greensburg attacked inside early and often, and it paid off. Junior Ryan Welage and senior Sean Sellers scored eight points apiece in the first quarter, with Sellers starting the action with a 3-pointer.
Greensburg (26-1) led 7-0 before senior Brandon Auker scored to put the Tigers (17-7) on the board. Adam Eberhard, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, cut into the lead with a pair of scores, but Greensburg's pressure defense fueled another 7-0 run.
Senior Collin Rigney put Greensburg up 27-11 with a trio of triples, and senior Bryant McIntosh added a 3-point play to spur an 8-2 run.
According to McIntosh, Greensburg’s success from the perimeter and overall shooting boosted the Pirates.
“It gave us a tremendous amount of confidence,” he said, “and we are a very explosive offensive team when we have confidence.”
The Pirates led 38-19 at the half on the strength of 12 points and seven rebounds by Sellers.
McIntosh noted the catalyst for Greensburg’s fast start.
“We as a team did a great job of coming ready to play from the start and throwing that first punch, which gave us our edge,” he said.
A 10-2 Greensburg run opened the second half. As they did in the first game, the Pirates shared the scoring with four different players aiding the breakout. The Tigers closed the third quarter on a 5-1 run to make it 49-28 after three.