GREENFIELD — When a team has more turnovers than points at the half, and one of its opposing players has outscored it collectively, the result is usually predictable.
That meant an 11th defeat for Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball team Friday night.
Pendleton Heights made very good on the bulk of 14 Cougar giveaways during the first half, and it got worse from there for the hosts, as the Arabians cruised to a 74-24 victory.
The statistical lowlights were many for G-C (2-11, 0-5 Hoosier Heritage Conference):
* The Cougars scored in single digits in each of the first three quarters (nine, four and one points). In the second period, G-C made only one field goal.
* While G-C barely scored more points than its number of turnovers (23), it put up only 22 shots, and made seven (31.8 percent).
* PH’s Kurt Talbert not only outscored the Cougar team 17-13 in the first half, he ended up with 19 points while G-C’ s starters combined for 16. Derek Conley had nine, Tate Hall four and Cole Oleksy three.
* This isn’t much of a silver lining, but the Cougars improved upon their point total from last season’s PH match, in which the Arabians won 85-22. Friday’s defeat was the worst for G-C since that game.
“That’s two games in a row where we didn’t show Cougar pride,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said, also referring to a 17-point home loss to Shelbyville (3-11) last week. “I don’t know, there aren’t too many comments to be said. It was ugly.”