Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


March 11, 2014


Pirates win third straight title in historical fashion


Greensburg —

Welage then hit a rebound basket to cap a 10-0 Greensburg run that spanned the start of the second quarter. The run, which put the Pirates up 18-9, signaled their biggest of the game and proved to be crucial to their victory.

The pace of the game slowed in the second quarter, with teams combining for 23 points. The Pirates were not tagged with their first foul until a minute into the second. However, Batesville went into a dry spell, scoring four points in the next two minutes – all from Hoeing. Greensburg took the second-quarter edge 12-11. Hoeing scored nine of his team’s 11 points, while Welage, McIntosh and Sellers all contributed to the Pirates’ cause.

Hoeing led all scorers with 16 points at the half. McIntosh led Greensburg with eight, while Welage had seven and Sellers had five.

Each team scored in spurts throughout the third quarter. Greensburg compiled a 9-4 run to start the second half, with scores by four different Pirates, to make it 37-24 at the 5:46 mark. Batesville pulled to within eight by scoring seven of the next nine points.

The Pirates scored the final six points of the third period to take its largest lead at 45-31. Following two Welage free throws, Sellers slammed home a dunk to cap the third quarter scoring.

Batesville started a comeback by capitalizing on Greensburg miscues. The Pirates committed two turnovers and five personal fouls in a four-minute span, allowing the Bulldogs to construct an 18-8 run to start the final eight minutes. Senior Wes McKinney scored seven points in a four-minute span, and Walsman added seven in five minutes. Batesville shot 10-for-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter alone.

However, the Pirates weathered the Bulldog attack and went to work at the charity stripe. Sellers, who had made a 3-point play earlier in the quarter, shot 8-for-9 from the line and scored 10 points – a game-high for a single quarter.

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