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G-C boys come through on Senior Night


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GREENFIELD — Saturday night made the struggles Greenfield-Central’s boys basketball seniors endured with the program through four years well worth it.

Grant Wolfe and Grant Gellert — along with the two senior managers who suited up and entered the game in the closing seconds — walked off the G-C floor for the final time in a game setting as well-deserved winners.

It wasn’t easy for the Cougars, as few things have been in quite a few seasons, but they got the job done, 60-48 over Cambridge City Lincoln for the third win in their last four contests.

G-C (5-16) rebounded from a 14-minute stretch midway through in which it scored just 12 points, and exploded for more than half its total (33) in the final 10 minutes.  The Cougars closed the Eagles (6-11) out with a 17-3 run.

The Cougars, who led 13-6 after the first quarter, trailed on several occasions from just before the half and by as many as five points, and weren’t getting their shots to drop. They were 6-of-28 from the field (21.4 percent) in the second and third periods.

“We weren’t playing up to our best, not just shooting-wise,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said. “Their defense got us a little stagnant and we were standing around, passing around. And that’s not how we are at our best.”

Down 33-28 with a minute to go in the third, G-C began to attack the basket, and as a result five different Cougars made free throws in a span of two minutes to give them the lead back, at 37-34.

CCL still hung around at the outset of the fourth quarter, but eventually couldn’t contain the Cougars, in particular an energetic Blake Robertson. The sophomore backup hit a 3-pointer with 3:53 left to put G-C up 46-45. Shortly thereafter, Robertson rebounded and converted a teammate’s missed free throw for a score to pad the lead to four.

Robertson ended with a career-high 12 points, all in the final period, as well as three steals.

“The second half, we started moving a lot more, getting the ball inside and getting to the free-throw line, and that was the key to the game,” Johnson said.

The Cougars are playing their best offensive basketball of the season, having scored 60 or more in three straight games, including 86 at Shelbyville.

“We aren’t having problems getting points,” Johnson said. “But we just have to get stops.”

Dallas Pribble topped G-C with 14 points and Tate Hall added 13. Nine of the 12 Cougars who played scored.

In a most ironic (or even fitting) way, manager David  Patrick became the leading scorer among the seniors on their night with his mid-range baseline basket with 15 seconds left, and that drew the loudest crowd ovation of the night. Fellow manager Mitch Gibson also got in the game.

Gellert and Wolfe both started. Wolfe scored one point and had two rebounds.

“They’re just as responsible (as anybody) for helping to build this program to where it is,” Johnson said. “While they haven’t been the beneficiaries of the victories that are going to be coming, they’re going to be remembered for starting a lot of this.”

Notes: G-C’s sectional-champion swim teams were honored before the game, along with other winter sports athletes. ... Cole Oleksy and Zach Batton both had eight rebounds for G-C. ... G-C’s JV squad routed CCL 49-9. Drey Jameson scored 14 points and Lane Ferrell 11 for G-C. … The Cougars wrap up the regular season today at Connersville (12-8).

BOYS VARSITY

Greenfield-Central 60, Cambridge City Lincoln 48

CC — Singer 7-16 7-9 25, Ev. Underwood 3-6 2-2 8, Er. Underwood 0-2 0-0 0, Bloom 0-3 0-2 0, Gabbard 0-3 2-2 2, Kissick 2-4 0-1 4, Smith 4-4 1-1 9, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Ferris 0-0 0-0 0, Shank 0-0 0-0 0, Riggs 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 16-38 12-17 48.

GC — Gellert 0-1 0-0 0, Wolfe 0-0 1-2 1, Oleksy 4-10 1-2 9, Hall 5-10 1-2 13, Pribble 5-16 1-2 14, Bean 0-3 3-4 3, Batton 1-3 0-0 2, Robertson 3-8 5-6 12, Stump 0-1 0-0 0, Lowe 1-3 2-2 4, Patrick 1-2 0-0 2, Gibson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals — 20-57 14-20 60.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

CC (6-11) 6 14 14 14 — 48

GC (5-16) 13 5 16 26 — 60

Three-pt. field goals: CC 4-16 (Singer 4-9, Bloom 0-2, Gabbard 0-2, Kissick 0-2, Er. Underwood 0-1). GC 6-26 (Pribble 3-11, Hall 2-6, Robertson 1-5, Bean 0-2, Batton 0-1, Stump 0-1.

Rebounds: CC 30 (Singer 7, Er. Underwood 3, Ev. Underwood 3, Bloom 3, Gabbard 3, Kissick 2, Smith 2, Team 7), GC 36 (Oleksy 8, Batton 8, Hall 7, Bean 2, Pribble 2, Wolfe 2, Lowe 1, Gibson 1, Team 5). Assists: CC 6 (Kissick 3, Bloom 2, Gabbard 1), GC 9 (Oleksy 3, Pribble 3, Bean 1, Batton 1, Robertson 1). Steals: CC 2 (Gabbard 1, Bloom 1), GC 10 (Robertson 3, Pribble 2, Hall 1, Bean 1, Batton 1, Lowe 1, Patrick 1). Blocks: CC 1 (Ev. Underwood 1), GC 1 (Oleksy 1). Fouls: CC 20, GC 17. Fouled out: None. Turnovers: CC 19, GC 7.

JV

Greenfield-Central 49, Cambridge City Lincoln 9

GC — Jameson 14, Ferrell 11, Jackson 6, VanDuyn 6, Diehr 4, Mundell 4, Smith 2, Davis 1, Hert 1.

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