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January 17, 2014

Pirates slam home statement win over Bulldogs

EIAC leaders win 28th straight

Greensburg — Make that 28 straight wins for the Greensburg boys basketball team, and 62 of 64.

Greensburg extended its unbeaten season to 13-0 Thursday night and distanced itself from the rest of the conference with a 96-66 washout of visiting Batesville.

The top-ranked Pirates take over the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference lead and move ahead of fifth-ranked Batesville by improving to 3-0 in the conference. The Bulldogs fall to 7-3 overall and 1-1 in the EIAC.

The Pirates, who led from beginning to end in a blowout uncharacteristic of the rivalry, have not lost at home since Feb. 25, 2011.

The home dominance played out in front of a crowd that stacked to the top row of the gymnasium. The Pirates jumped out to a 14-2 lead on the strength of 3-pointers from senior Sean Sellers and Collin Rigney. Greensburg led 23-8 after the first eight minutes. An 11-0 run that spanned more than three minutes of the first quarter opened a double-digit lead. The Pirates assembled another demoralizing run that spanned the start of the second quarter, a 16-0 spurt that covered five minutes and made it 30-8.

Greensburg led 39-21 at the half.

Although an equally competitive Bulldog squad posted a 14-10 run out of halftime, Greensburg accelerated the gas pedal. The home team hit five more triples in the fourth quarter, outscoring Batesville 31-16 in the final eight minutes. Senior Bryant McIntosh initiated the highlight of the second half with a pass to senior Macy Holdsworth, who flipped a behind-the-back pass to Sellers for a slam dunk. Greensburg outscored the Bulldogs 16-6 to end the game.

By the time the smoke lifted, the Pirates had tallied 20 points from three different players. McIntosh led his team with 23 points. Rigney added five 3-pointers to finish with 21 points, while Welage scored 20. Sellers added 19 points, while he and Welage each shot 8-for-8 from the foul line.

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