BATESVILLE — Indianapolis — The Greensburg boys basketball team made school history Saturday by capturing the school’s first state championship in team competition.
The Pirates overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to claim the Class 3A title in overtime, 73-70 over Fort Wayne Concordia at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Greensburg’s last four opponents in the tournament had not lost to a 3A team before facing the Pirates. Those teams finished combined 43-4 (.915) in 3A, with all four losses to Greensburg, and a combined 90-15 (.867) overall.
The victory also meant that Greensburg (26-1) completes the basketball season with the best winning percentage (.963) in the state, regardless of class affiliation, and the most victories.
Saturday's lengthened battle proved that, literally, a game is not over until the final buzzer sounds.
The Concordia Cadets jumped out to a 5-0 lead until Pirate sophomore Ryan Welage put Greensburg on the board. Junior Bryant McIntosh pulled his team to within one with a steal and a layup, making it 5-4.
The Pirates trailed by one on two more occasions, but a Welage jumper tied the game for the first time at 10-all with 1:11 left in the first quarter. Senior Brandon Webb, though, ended the opening period with a layup and a 12-10 edge.
The Cadets outscored Greensburg 19-11 in the second quarter, led by seniors Marq Rogers and Brian Gremaux with five points apiece. The Pirates trailed 31-21 at halftime.
Concordia junior C.J. McCall had three fouls in the first half, while three Pirates had two fouls apiece.
Junior Sean Sellers came alive in the third quarter. The Pirates pulled to within eight twice on two early pairs of Sellers free throws, but Concordia’s lead fluctuated between five and 10 points throughout the quarter. McIntosh scored six straight points, and Sellers made it 49-44 before the third stop.
Greensburg’s biggest deficit in the fourth quarter was seven. The teams exchanged baskets twice in the first two minutes, and Greensburg’s defense tightened up as Sellers grabbed two quick defensive rebounds. The score stayed at 53-48 for nearly two minutes until a Welage shot block and defensive board by McIntosh set up a McIntosh layup, making it 53-50 with 4:53 left.