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.