INDIANAPOLIS – The Greensburg boys basketball team brought its ‘A-game’ to the Class 3A State Championship, leading from start to finish in an 89-76 win Saturday over Bowman Academy.
The top-ranked Pirates captured the crown with a performance that epitomized the way they’ve played the past four years – clutch, intelligent and unselfish.
Greensburg clinched back-to-back state championships by putting on an offensive clinic against Bowman’s in-your-face trap defense. The third-ranked Eagles pressed from the opening possession after Greensburg won the tip. However, Pirate seniors Macy Holdsworth and Collin Rigney put their team on top with 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to start the game.
Greensburg displayed perhaps the best passing game in school history, and as a result, set state finals records in Class 3A with 89 points and 25 assists. The Pirates scored their first five baskets off assists, building a 13-4 lead less than halfway into the first quarter. Greensburg senior Sean Sellers answered a late 4-0 Eagle run with a slam dunk, and the Pirates led 22-15 after the first eight minutes. Welage led all scorers with seven and Sellers, a Ball State recruit, added six. College prospect Davon Dillard, a Bowman junior, led the Eagles with six.
Head coach Stacy Meyer, coaching in his third state championship game, applauded his team for its offensive execution to seize the early lead.
“Our kids executed real well early against that pressure,” said Meyer. “We got wide open looks and we knocked those shots down. We were getting stops on the other end, but it is crucial to get a good start. We knew we could get shots in the corner. We’d get the ball in the middle of the floor. We have good guards and good bigs, and we’d get shots in the corner. It just comes down to, are you going to knock shots down, and we did. Give these guys credit for keeping their head early, and executing well.”