Tiger Cub JV downs Mounties
Last Friday was Senior Night in McAnally Center and the JV boys' basketball team started a successful evening with a 51-30 victory over the Southmont Mounties.
The start of the game, however, looked like it was going to be anything but successful for the young Tiger Cubs. Their signature full-court press was sluggish and led to many fast-break baskets for the Mounties.
Andrew Gregg lit up the scoreboard with two long threes and two free-throws and after six minutes of play the Mounties led 15-8.
GHS coach Doug Hudson challenged his team to turn up the defensive pressure and the Cubs did exactly that.
Switching to a half-court trap, Greencastle held Southmont scoreless in the second stanza and scored 18 points themselves, leading at the half 26-15.
Noah Cook led the charge offensively, scoring 8 points in the quarter, many of them fast-break lay-ups created by the trap.
Not much changed in the third quarter, and it was another two minutes before the Mounties finally scored again. Keeping the pressure tight, GHS led 38-24 at the end of three.
Substituting freely in the final stanza, Greencastle switched to 2-3 zone and all players saw action for the Tiger Cubs.
Hudson was extremely pleased with the response to the sluggish start, especially in the middle two quarters. The pressure led to 21 Southmont turnovers and an amazing 55 deflections.
Jacob Lewis recorded 12 of the deflections and Cook added 15.
Greencastle (9-7, 4-1 WCC) was also honored for its fifth consecutive Putnam County Classic championship between games.
The Tiger Cubs visited Owen Valley on Tuesday and finisher their season North Montgomery Friday.
Southmont 15 0 9 6 -- 30
Greencastle 8 18 12 13 -- 51
Southmont: Gregg 9, Farabee 6, Williams 6, Hudson 4, Archer 3, Dickerson 2.
Greencastle: Cook 16, Edgar 8, Sanders 6, Costin 5, Lewis 5, Nicholson 4, Rossok 3, Matthews 2, Lucas 2.