The people were standing at the door waiting to enter the gymnasium even before the gate workers were in their seats. They filed in as quickly as tickets could be sold. It was not long before the seats filled ... and the junior varsity game was not underway yet.
Basketball fans turned out in droves Friday night to watch the undefeated and No. 1 ranked Greensburg Pirates visit the Batesville Bulldogs in boys varsity basketball action.
By the middle of the junior varsity game, BHS athletic director Mark Ferguson was posting “Sold Out” signs on each entrance.
The 2,200-plus fans that made it in the building could not have been disappointed with the play on the floor.
The host Bulldogs handed the Pirates their first regular season loss since Feb. 25, 2011. It’s also the first time the Bulldogs have defeated Greensburg since the sectional finals in 2011.
Sophomore Bryan Hoeing poured in 42 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Bulldogs knocked off the Pirates by a score of 72-65.
“I could not be more proud of a group of kids,” BHS coach Aaron Garrett commented. “It was quite a game and unbelievable atmosphere.
“The guys practiced hard this week and prepared themselves both mentally and physically, Greensburg is a very good basketball team and we knew it would take a very good effort to beat them,” he added.
The Bulldogs have been close in the past three meetings, but have not been able to claim victory. Only seven points have separated the two teams over that time period, including a two point loss earlier this season.
So there was little doubt the outcome would be much different this time around.
The Pirates did not have much of an answer for the sophomore Hoeing in the first quarter. Bryan Hoeing scored all 13 Batesville points as Garrett’s crew led by one at the first break.
The Bulldogs gave back the one point advantage in the second quarter and the two teams entered halftime knotted at 22-22.
“We did what we needed in the first half,” Garrett commented. “We were able to control the tempo and maximize each possession.
“Play sped up in the second half and our guys responded,” he added.
The largest lead held by either team in the third quarter was just past the 2:52 mark when Greensburg standout Bryant McIntosh scored to put Greensburg in front 38-34. Later Sean Sellers scored to make it 42-38.
Bryan Hoeing buried a long 3-pointer to close the third quarter deficit to a single point at 42-41.
A timely 3-pointer by BHS junior Nathan Longstreth at the 5:33 mark gave the Bulldogs their largest lead of the game to that point 50-45. The lead later grew to eight points (59-51) on six straight points by Bryan Hoeing. Later, it climbed to 63-52 on a pair of free throws by Mike Hoeing.
Still, the game was far from being over.
Two free throws by Sellers and a McIntosh 3-pointer made it a 63-57.
The Bulldogs fans were uneasy because they had seen this scenario unfold in the past.
But this time Garrett’s squad hit nine of their last 10 free throws to preserve the victory.
“Happy for the kids and all the fans that came out to support us,” Garrett commented. “This gets us back in the hunt for a conference title, but there is still a lot of work to do.
“We will get back at it this week and begin preparing for Lawrenceburg and Franklin County,” he added.
The Bulldogs improved to 9-1 on the season, while the Pirates drop to 11-1.
Player 2FG-3FG-FT-TP; Grimsley 1-0-1-2-3; McKinney 0-2-0-0-6; B. Hoeing 12-1-15-17-42; Kase 0-0-1-2-1; Taylor 0-0-0-0-0; M. Hoeing 0-0-4-8-4; Longstreth 2-1-0-0-7; Dennis 4-0-1-2-9; Totals 19-4-22-31-72.
Player 2FG-3Fg-FT-TP; Holdsworth 0-1-0-0-3; Rigney 0-2-0-0-6; Burcham 1-0-0-0-2; Ploeger 1-0-1-1-3; McIntosh 3-2-1-2-13; Welage 5-1-6-8-19; Sellers 7-0-5-7-19; Totals 17-6-13-18-65.
Batesville JV rallies to top Pirates
The Batesville High School junior varsity basketball team rallied from a 23-17 third quarter deficit to defeat the visiting Greensburg Pirates.
The Bulldogs scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and posted a 35-31 win.
Freshman point guard Matt Moorman scored 15 points in three quarters of play to lead the Bulldogs on offense. Junior Bo Gowan was second on the team with 11 points.
Tye Fleetwood led Greensburg in scoring with nine points.
Junior Varsity Scoring
Moorman 15, Gowan 11, Vogelsang 6, Blanken 2, Meyer 1, Prickel 0, C. Reer 0, Nobbe 0.
Fleetwood 9, Wilson 8, Beaver 4, Lawrence 4, Bennett 2, Buell 2, Foster 2.