GHS boys fall to Golden Arrows
SULLIVAN -- Ryan Coble had a spectacular outing Friday night playing in front of a tough Sullivan crowd. The senior led the Tiger Cubs in scoring with a gargantuan 34-point effort. However, none of the other Cubs were able to get much going offensively and Greencastle fell, 63-53.
"I thought Ryan was outstanding tonight," said GHS Coach Troy Greenlee. "He played really well on both ends of the floor. He scored, played great defense and had a lot of deflections.
"But, against a team as good as Sullivan, it's hard to win with just a couple of guys."
Coble announced his presence early on, scoring all 13 of the Cubs' first quarter points, including three straight 3-point baskets to open the contest. However, the host Arrows also had some hot hands, knocking down three straight 3-point baskets of their own.
After the first eight minutes of play, this looked to be a tight contest, with the Tiger Cubs (2-4, 1-2 WIC) taking an early 13-11 lead.
The host Arrows (3-2, 2-1 WIC) came out swinging in the second quarter, including a 12-0 run in the final four minutes of the half. Sullivan came out with full-court pressure, forcing the Cubs to make several turnovers.
The Arrows went into break with a 33-25 lead.
The two teams traded buckets in the third quarter. Sullivan was unable to pull away and the Cubs struggled to cut into the Arrow lead. The story was more of the same in the final frame until Zack Wilkerson hit a three-pointer as the final seconds ticked off the clock to set the final margin at 10.
"I wish I had a magic formula," Greenlee said. "I hope we can learn from this and figure out ways to get more guys involved."
Unfortunately, the Tiger Cubs were unable to find much scoring from the rest of the lineup. Sophomore guard Colin York had six points and no other Tiger Cub had more than four.
Greencastle faces a quick turnaround, traveling to square off against county foe Cloverdale on Saturday night. Greenlee said he expects to see two teams with similar styles.
"Cloverdale is similar to us," Greenlee said. "They have two good players in Cooper Neese and Jalen Moore.
"Before you go into a game, you have to play every second you're in the game as hard as you can. I don't know if it takes a loss like this to see that a possession here or there make a difference. Hopefully our guys are ready for the challenge."
The JV game on Saturday starts at 6 p.m. The varsity will tipoff at 7:30 p.m.
GHS 13 12 11 17 -- 53
SHS 11 22 12 18 ญญ-- 63
Greencastle: Coble 34, York 6, Lewis 4, Wilkerson 3, Clar 2, Costin 2, Matthews 2
Sullivan: Conner 21, Drake 15, Powell 7, Dean 7, Magill 6, Wright 3, Steimel 2, Garner 2