Greensburg — For a second straight season, the Greensburg boys basketball team is pursuing the opportunity for another repeat championship.
The south semi-state tomorrow at Richmond High School boasts the past two state champions in Class 3A.
Greensburg’s regional title last Saturday set the Pirates up for tomorrow’s epic matchup against Guerin Catholic, the second-ranked team in Class 3A. The Pirates (26-1) return to the Tiernan Center to battle the Golden Eagles (22-3) for a shot to play for the state championship trophy.
Preseason glances into the crystal ball hinted at the collision of these teams before their opening games. Along with Bowman Academy, which has won a state title in two different classes the past four seasons, the Pirates and Golden Eagles were favored to advance to the Final Four. Almost by design, the top three teams in Class 3A are still in the hunt.
The Golden Eagles’ pursuit of a repeat last season fell short in the sectional. Guerin fell to Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 37-30 in the sectional opener. This time, the Golden Eagles must contend with a starting five that is 75-3 together in the past three seasons.
Guerin defeated Tri-West 74-58 in the regional semifinal last Saturday, and topped Edgewood 64-33 for the title. Greensburg beat Silver Creek 70-60 in the semi, and clinched the program’s seventh regional crown with a 73-50 win over Evansville Memorial.
Greensburg and Guerin match up with each other as well as any other teams in the state. The similarities in height and the comparable level of talent at respective positions look to make for a competitive contest. Both teams return their top four scorers, while Greensburg returns all five from last year.
Guerin features two standout seniors in Aaron Brennan, a 6-foot-6 power forward, and Whit Rapp, a 6-foot point guard. Brennan scores 16.6 points per game and averages eight rebounds. Pirate junior Ryan Welage, a 6-foot-8 forward, and senior Sean Sellers, a 6-foot-7 forward, look to counter inside. Sellers averages 20 points and 7.5 rebounds, while Welage averages 15 points and 6.4 rebounds.