GREENSBURG – Colt Ryan and the Batesville Bulldogs proved why they are the No. 3 ranked team in the state in Class 3A on Saturday night. After having their game with Franklin County canceled on Friday, the Bulldogs came into Greensburg fresh and ready to play.

The Bulldogs picked up their first Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference win by defeating the Pirates 68-48.

“We really did not get into a good rhythm offensively or defensively,” BHS head coach Mel Siefert commented. “We were able to get some baskets when we really needed them ... which enabled us to stretch the lead a little in the second half.

“Colt stepped up and gave us a nice boost in the second half. We feel like we have a lot of option offensively and he did a good job taking advantage of what the defense was giving us,” he added.

The Pirates were well within striking distance for the first three quarters of play, but Ryan blew the game open in the first three minutes of the final period to put the game out of Greensburg’s reach.

The Batesville sophomore opened the stanza by outscoring the Pirates 11-4 in the first 2:08 that gave Batesville a 54-34 advantage.

The teams were battling back-and-forth for the first five minutes of the contest. With 2:56 left in the opening quarter, the Pirates trailed by just two points at 12-10. However, Greensburg wouldn’t score for the remained of the period. Jeremy Cook hit a field goal at the 1:50 mark to cap a 6-0 run by the Bulldogs and give Batesville an 18-10 lead at the first break.

Greensburg looked to turn things around in the second quarter when Bobby Koors scored on a rebound put back to open the period.

But the Bulldogs answered back with a 9-0 run to push their lead to 27-12. An Alex Siefert lay-up and a field goal by Alex Grimsley helped spark the run.

The Pirates rallied behind the shooting of Ty Ramsey to close the gap to 30-21 by halftime.

The Bulldogs gradually built their lead in the third quarter, but could not seem to shake the Pirates. The lead, which was 16 points at the 4:32 mark, was trimmed to 13 by the end of the third quarter.

Batesville went into the final eight minutes of play leading 43-30.

Greensburg had their most productive quarter of the night in the fourth by adding 18 points to their total. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs had their most productive quarter as well. Ryan, who scored 14 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter, helped put up 25 points in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

“They (Batesville) have got a great basketball team,” Greensburg coach Stacy Meyer said after the game. “We knew it would be a tough physical game, and it was.

“I thought we played well for the first five minutes and then they kept the pressure on and got the momentum. They were making runs and we were countering, but then they made a run in the second half, and we lost our composure,” he added.

Greensburg’s reserve squad got the night off to an exciting start with a close two point win over Batesville’s reserve team by a score of 39-37.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow start for the second game in a row and fell behind in the first quarter. The Bulldogs went on to outscore the Pirates 33-28, but could not completely erase the seven point first quarter deficit.

Tyler Giesting and Brock Ryker led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with 10 points each. Giesting set the tone in the second half with eight of his 10. Pete Reding was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line and finished with eight points.

The Batesville junior varsity is 1-1 on the season and 0-1 in the conference.

Both teams return to action on Friday with EIAC games. Batesville will host Lawrenceburg on Friday and follow up with county rival Milan on Saturday.

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