Edgewood outlasts Greencastle boys

Sunday, January 18, 2015

ELLETTSVILLE -- The Edgewood Mustangs were huge test on Saturday night for the visiting Greencastle Tiger Cubs and in a low scoring affair the Mustangs prevailed, 45-38.

The Tiger Cubs suffered from poor shooting in the first half with multiple shots going in and out from long range and only making 4-of-11 shots that they took in the paint in the first half.

"That was the difference in the game. I thought we had good shots which as a coach that is all you can ask," Greencastle head coach Troy Greenlee said.

The Tiger Cubs were not themselves in the first half, not making any 3-pointers to trail by 12.

One bright spot for the Tiger Cubs was they forced 11 turnovers in the first half while only turning the ball over six times and their ball movement was very good so they were getting their shots in the half.

The Tiger Cubs came out firing in the third quarter, going on a quick 8-0 run to cut the lead to four and force a Mustang timeout after senior Brody Bollman hit a three.

The Mustangs came out of the timeout to extend their lead to six going into the fourth quarter 31-25.

The Tiger Cubs tied the game at 31 when freshman Colin York hit a corner 3-pointer with 6:35 left. The Mustangs then went on a 9-4 run to take the lead back 40-35 with three minutes left in the game.

Edgewood controlled from there on out going on to win 45-38.

"We have tough and mature guys. We have guys that never quit and that is a tribute to our seniors, they knew we could get back in the game," Greenlee said.

The defense for Greencastle was very good with outstanding guard play as seniors Colyn Foxx and Anthony Mitchell forced many turnovers and only turned the ball over three combined times against the Edgewood press.

"Defensively I think they played tremendous. They were able to get deflections and create havoc. They were outstanding defensively," Greenlee said.

Rebounding the ball was a different story. The Mustangs outrebounded the Tiger Cubs by six. The Mustangs had four players that were 6-foot-5 or taller and the Tiger Cubs only have one player taller than 6-foot-1.

"Rebounding was OK, it did not kill us. I thought we defended good enough to win and rebounded well enough to win but we could not hit shots," Greenlee said. "We have been outsized all year and we know we have to play as hard as we can."

Greenlee knows that the defense is not the reason that they lost tonight but on the offensive end which they will look to improve.

"We could not have played on defense tonight," Greenlee said. "We need to figure out how to score when the shots are not falling. We need to shoot more in practice."

At Edgewood

Greencastle 8 6 11 13 - 38

Edgewood 11 15 5 14 - 45


Greencastle (38): Bollman 5-12 6-7 17, Coble 6-16 0-1 13, Mitchell 1-3 1-2, York 1-4 0-0 3, Gerard 1-2 0-0 2, Foxx 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS: 14-39 (3-16) 7-10, 38.

Edgewood (45): Ranard 6-12 0-1 13, Cradick 4-7 0-0 9, Newman 1-2 2-2 6, Patton 2-4 1-1 5, Brown 1-3 0-1 3, Thomas 1-2 0-0 3, Bybee 1-1 0-0 2, Carmichael 1-2 0-1 2, Kolbe 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 18-34 (5-16) 4-7 45.

REBOUNDING (Total-offensive)

Greencastle (18-7): Bollman 8-2, Coble 3-1, Gerard 3-1, Mitchell 2-2, Foxx 1-1, York 1-0.

Edgewood (24-6): Patton 6-3, Ranard 4-1, Cradick 3-0, Newman 3-1, Brown 2-0, Carmichael 2-0, Thomas 1-1.

Assists: GC 2 (Bollman 1, Coble 1), E 10 (Newman 3).

Steals: GC 16, (Bollman 5, Coble 3, Foxx 3, Michell 2, York 2, Gerard 1), E 5 (Newman 2).

Blocks: GC 1 (Coble 1), E 0.

Fouls: GC 11, E 14. Turnovers: GC 10, E 19.

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