BATESVILLE — Richmond — The word ‘panic’ is not in the Greensburg boys basketball team’s dictionary.
The way the top-ranked Pirates stared adversity in the face and erased a double-digit deficit against Guerin Catholic in the Richmond Semi-State Saturday has defined their season.
In Greensburg’s 74-67 win over the second-ranked Golden Eagles at Tiernan Center, head coach Stacy Meyer yet again saw his team overcome a multiple-possession margin when a championship was at stake.
“There was never a big-time panic,” said Greensburg’s eighth-year head coach.
Greensburg, now 27-1 and winner of 14 straight, outmatched a tall and physical starting lineup that gave the Pirates problems early.
With the help of six quick points by 6-foot-7 senior Aaron Brennan, along with four 3-pointers by sophomore Christian Munson, the Golden Eagles jumped out to leads of 20-10 and 29-16. Greensburg scored the first points of the game on a triple by senior Sean Sellers.
According to Meyer, 11 of Greensburg’s first 13 shot attempts were 3-pointers.
“They played very well,” said Meyer of the Golden Eagles. “We haven’t faced three bigs like that. They were the best we’ve faced all year. My disappointment was, we were not the assertive team at the beginning of the game. At the beginning, they were getting what they wanted at both ends. They did dictate, but these kids have been through the battles. They weathered the storm and made big plays.”
Pirate senior Macy Holdsworth stepped up with a pair of triples late in the first half to make it a single-digit game, 29-24, which was the halftime score.
After overcoming their biggest deficit of the game, the Pirates maintained their composure by refusing to panic.
“I don’t think we really panicked. We just stuck with what we needed to do,” said Sellers. “Macy started knocking down shots, and Rig hit a couple. In the second half, we were able to get pretty good dribble penetration. It got a lot easier for us, and we kind of just relaxed and started playing our game more.”