Greensburg — The Greensburg boys basketball team brought their ‘A-game’ to the Class 3A State Championship, leading from start to finish in an 89-76 win Saturday over Bowman Academy.
Greensburg clinched back-to-back state championships by putting on an offensive clinic against Bowman’s in-your-face trap defense. The Eagles pressed from the opening possession after Greensburg won the opening 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 (28-1) displayed its best passing game of the season, and as a result, set a state finals record in Class 3A with 89 points. The Pirates scored their first five baskets off assists, building a 13-4 lead less than halfway into the first quarter. Greensburg seniors 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 added six. College prospect Davon Dillard, a Bowman junior, led the Eagles with six.
“Our kids executed real well early on the offensive end,” said Greensburg head coach Stacy Meyer. “It just comes down to, will we knock down shots, and we did.” The Pirates also tallied seven assists in the first period, on their way from a state finals record 25 assists.
Greensburg continued its assault from the 3-point line as Rigney’s second trey made it 25-15, assisted by Sellers. Bowman (22-5) went on a 7-2 run to make it a 5-point game, 27-22. Sellers, though, went to work on the boards to open the scoring again. Welage scored twice off assists by McIntosh to fuel a 7-0 Pirate run. Greensburg’s lead fluctuated between six and 10 points the rest of the half. The Pirates withstood six points from senior Austin Daniels, and then closed the first half on a 5-2 run.