— The Greensburg boys basketball team jumped out to a large lead in Saturday’s regional championship game, then overcame a strong Brownstown Central rally to win 65-54 in the Washington Regional.
The Pirates, just hours after knocking off third-ranked Evansville Bosse, looked as loose and confident as they had all season against a top-five squad. Greensburg jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game.
Greensburg seventh-year head coach Stacy Meyer praised his team for avoiding an emotional let-down after an exciting win over Bosse.
“We had to win the first game, obviously, and the two games were totally two different games,” said Meyer. “We had that first game where it was an up-and-down game, and that second game was kind of grind-it-out. But there was so much hype for that first game. We win that game, and then you fear a let-down for that night game, and the kids didn’t. You couldn’t ask for a better beginning to a game.”
Junior Sean Sellers scored the game’s first four points, and junior Collin Rigney tacked on six straight points with back-to-back 3-pointers before the home-team Braves even scored. Following a Brownstown timeout, junior Macy Holdsworth hit his team’s third triple to make it 13-0. Sophomore Ryan Welage then scored while getting fouled, making it 15-0.
Brownstown senior Skylar Thompson finally got his team on the board at the 4:30 mark of the first period. A Holdsworth score was sandwiched between a Brave triple and a basket in the middle of a 7-2 Braves run.
Sellers' free throws, and a Holdsworth 3-ball at the buzzer, gave the Pirates a 22-10 lead after the first eight minutes. It was the type of lead the Pirates had grown accustomed to building all season.