GHS falls to Owen Valley

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Devin Clar heads up the court in a game against Southmont. (Banner Graphic/JAY LOCKETT)

SPENCER -- The Greencastle Tiger Cub boys' basketball team struggled out of the gate at Owen Valley High School on Tuesday night in an IHSAA boys' basketball game between two Western Indiana Conference schools from opposite divisions. The Patriots used a hot start to beat the Tiger Cubs 77-65.

The loss drops Greencastle to 10-11 on the season, while Owen Valley improved to 13-10.

The Tiger Cubs turned the ball over on four of their first five possessions and allowed the Patriots to jump out to 9-2 lead in the first quarter. When the Cubs didn't turn the ball over in the quarter, they struggled shooting the ball, going 3-of-11 from the field.

Owen Valley didn't shoot much better, going 5-of-16 from the floor, but the Patriots also knocked down 4-of-6 free throws and outrebounded the Cubs 16 to 7 in opening a 14-7 first quarter lead.

"I just didn't feel we were ready to compete tonight, for some reason. I thought it showed early. We didn't attack the basket and settled for perimeter shots," Greencastle head coach Troy Greenlee said.

The Tiger Cubs began to show some life in the second quarter as a Ryan Coble three-pointer cut the lead to 22-15 halfway through the period, but then Owen Valley ripped off 10 straight points to push the lead to a comfortable 32-15 score. Cameron King hit two three-pointers and Owen Valley scored twice more on offensive rebounds during the run. The first half ended with the Patriots on top 34-21.

"The telling stat on the night was rebounding. That comes down to kids wanting to compete. It was indicative of how we want to play sometimes, which is soft. That is pretty disappointing," Greenlee said.

The two teams traded baskets for most of third period with the Tiger Cubs unable to close the gap. Greencastle trailed by eleven, 48-37 heading into the final stanza. Coble scored eight of the points for Tiger Cubs in the quarter.

Greencastle cut the lead under 10 twice early in the quarter, but couldn't get any closer as the Patriots efficiently closed the game out with shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line in the final period. The Cubs finally showed some offensive firepower in the final quarter by scoring 28 points, but gave up 29.

"We really weren't on our game offensively tonight. We were not very aggressive," Greenlee said.

Cameron King led the way for the Patriots with a double -- double. He had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Lane Trimble and Hunter Sturgeon had 14 points, while Jonah Arthur added 12 for Owen Valley.

Coble will remain among the state's leading scorers finishing with a game-high 36 points and Colin York added 12 for the Tiger Cubs.

"It's hard to win against Owen Valley at their place getting outrebounded something like 42-20 and giving up 77 points," Greenlee said.

The Tiger Cubs will play on Friday as they travel to North Montgomery for a non-conference game to close the regular season.

At Owen Valley

Greencastle 7 14 16 28 -- 65

Owen Valley 14 20 14 27 -- 77

Tiger Cub Scoring: 20-57 15-18 65 (York 4-15 0-0 3 12, Wilkerson 0-1 1-2 1 1, Clar 2-3 0-1 3 4, A. Costin 0-2 2-2 2 2, N. Costin 1-4 2-2 3 4, Coble 10-27 10-11 2 36, Lewis 1-1 0-0 0 2, Matthews 1-2 0-0 4 2, Sanders 1-2 0-0 1 2)

3-point shots 10-24 (Coble 6-13, York 4-8, Wilkerson 0-1, Clar 0-1, A. Costin 0-1) Reb: (York 3, Wilkerson 2, Clar 5, N. Costin 1, Coble 5, Lewis 1, Matthews 2, Sanders 2)

Patriot Scoring: 28-58 16-21 77 (King 7-20 3-4 4 20, Herrington 0-1 2-2 0 2, Light 4-5 0-0 3 9, E. Wade 0-0 0-0 0 0, Trimble 6-8 2-3 3 14, Sturgeon 5-8 4-4 4 14, A. Boyd 1-9 0-0 0 3, Heckman 1-1 1-4 1 3, C. Wade 0-0 0-0 0 0, Arthur 4-6 4-4 3 12)

3-point shots 5-16 (King 3-8, Herrington 0-1, Light 1-2, A. Boyd 1-5) Reb: (King 10, Herrington 1, Light 3, E. Wade 1, Trimble 3, Sturgeon 6, A. Boyd 8, C. Wade 1, Arthur 8)

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  • Same song and dance. Time for a coaching change at Greencastle. Same thing year after year. Getting really old. To much talent and no coaching. Doesn't even get up and coach, just sits and watches. Time to clean house through out the Greencastle athletics, starting at the top. The kids have no future in GC athletics with who's in charge. Wake up community, its time to make stand.

    -- Posted by nkna23 on Wed, Feb 24, 2016, at 9:42 AM
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