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G-C fails to match Shelbyville's spirit

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GREENFIELD — Down only one point at 24-23 through two quarters against Shelbyville Saturday night, Greenfield-Central knew it should’ve been down 10 or 15 points.

The Cougars shot 8-of-25 from the field, were outrebounded and were generally outhustled.

“We didn’t play well,” G-C coach Josh Johnson said of his team’s first-half performance. “We didn’t shoot well, we didn’t rebound real well, and we were down one.

“So we were pretty happy about that.”

But when the Cougars didn’t match Golden Bears’ hair-on-fire energy in the third and fourth quarters, the final margin reflected the visitors’ superior spirit and play.

In a rugged game that featured 47 fouls — 31 in the second half — and 59 free-throw attempts, Shelbyville prevailed 71-54, outscoring the hosts 47-31 in the last two stanzas.

“I hate to say it, and it’s cliché, (but) I really felt like in the second half, they … they came up with the loose balls, they handled the contact,” offered Johnson, who dropped to 19-56 in his four seasons at G-C. “And we didn’t.”

The Golden Bears embarked on a 19-7 run to begin the third, with swingman Reilly Reinbold tallying all 15 of his third-quarter points to fuel the blitz.

Guard Adam Eads assisted on four of Reinbold’s buckets during the game-deciding spurt, with center Ethan Runnebohm notching the other four points on layups.

“He had two weakside skip 3s when we turned our heads on defense,” Johnson said of Reinbold. “They skipped it and he drained them.”

Reinbold finished with a game-high 21 points and five rebounds. Eads, who registered 12 of his 20 points in the opening eight minutes, had a game-best six assists.

Shelbyville shot 23-of-45 from the field (51 percent) and 19-of-32 from the free-throw line en route to its second-highest point total of the season. The Golden Bears hung 90 on Triton Central to begin their 2012-13 campaign on Nov. 24.

Ten of the 12 Shelbyville players to enter the game scored at least two points, as the 71 points allowed by G-C equaled the most it has surrendered this season. The Cougars yielded 71 points to Whiteland in a defeat back on Nov. 24.

Derek Conley paced Greenfield-Central with 17 points, scoring seven in the second quarter to keep the Cougars in the game — though the Golden Bears aided the cause by going 3-of-9 from the charity stripe.

The visitors won the rebounding battle 26-19, nabbing 11 offensive rebounds.

On Jan. 21 of last year, G-C earned its first victory by topping Shelbyville 66-55. The Cougars outrebounded the Golden Bears 31-26 in that contest, and got an inspired performance from Mason Irbe, who racked up 24 points and 15 rebounds.

But on Saturday, with Irbe sitting on the bench, lost for the season with a foot injury, the blue and gold didn’t match its passion from last January.

“I think it’s just heart. They had a lot more heart than we had. Part of us not playing well in the first half was they just wanted it more,” Johnson explained. “They played harder, they rebounded, they hit the boards, they got through screens.

“They just had a lot more heart and pride out there than we did.”

The game presented both squads with an opportunity to snare their first Hoosier Heritage Conference victories.

Shelbyville (3-10, 1-3 HHC) got over the hump, while Greenfield-Central (2-10, 0-4 HHC) will get another opportunity to end its conference doldrums Friday vs. Pendleton Heights (7-6, 3-2 HHC). The Arabians own nine consecutive wins over their state Route 9 neighbors.

The Cougars also travel to Eastern Hancock (3-11) Saturday evening to take on a Royals’ squad that ended an eight-game losing streak with a 56-49 triumph over Shenandoah this past Saturday.

“All of our games the rest of the way out can be good games if we come out and we’re ready to go,” Johnson said.

Notes: At halftime of the Pendleton Heights game, Greenfield-Central will induct Gary Pence (contributor/coach) and the Casto Family of Gary, Jackie, Matt and Jason (contributions/fandom) into its Athletic Hall of Fame. … The G-C and Shelbyville coaches, participating in the Barefoot for Bare Feet Movement, ditched their shoes in support of Samaritan’s Feet, an organization that provides shoes for needy children around the world. … Shelbyville took the JV game 50-37. Griffin Lowe led G-C with 10 points.


Shelbyville 71, Greenfield-C 54

SV — Laker 1-1 2-7 4, Eads 6-9 5-6 20, Wise 0-2 0-0 0, Reinbold 7-13 4-7 21, Runnebohm 4-4 0-0 8, M. Orem 1-4 0-1 2, B. Orem 2-5 2-3 6, Clouse 0-2 0-0 0, Land 0-2 2-2 2, Asher 1-2 1-2 3, Lausidy 1-1 0-0 2, Phelps 0-0 3-4 3. Totals — 23-45 19-32 71.

GC — Conley 6-15 3-4 17, Keener 0-2 0-0 0, Z. Batton 0-1 4-10 4, Hall 2-9 0-0 6, Oleksy 4-8 2-2 10, Wolfe 2-4 0-1 4, T. Batton 1-3 0-0 2, Gellert 1-1 2-2 4, Robertson 0-0 1-2 1, Bean 0-0 2-2 2, Stump 0-0 0-0 0, Lowe 0-0 4-4 4. Totals — 16-43 18-27 54


SV (3-10, 1-3) 16  8   27 20 — 71

GC (2-10, 0-4)13 10 12 19 — 54

Three-pt. field goals:  SV 6-15 (Eads 3-4, Wise 0-1, Reinbold 3-7, M. Orem 0-1, Land 0-2), GC 4-20 (Conley 2-10, Keener 0-2, Z. Batton 0-1, Hall 2-5, T. Batton 0-2).

Rebounds: SV 26 (Laker 4, Eads 3, Wise 1, Reinbold 5, Runnebohm 5, M. Orem 2, B. Orem 4, Clouse 2), GC 19 (Conley 2, Z. Batton 2, Hall 2, Oleksy 5, Wolfe 1, T. Batton 7). Assists: SV 12 (Eads 6, Wise 2, Reinbold 2, B. Orem 1, Land 1), GC 5 (Keener 1, Z. Batton 2, Oleksy 1, Gellert 1). Steals: SV 1 (Eads 1), GC 1 (Hall 1). Blocks: SV 3 (Runnebohm 1, M. Orem 1, Clouse 1), GC 1 (Oleksy 1). Total fouls: SV 23, GC 24. Fouled out: Z. Batton (GC). Turnovers: SV 8, GC 3.


Shelbyville 50, GC 37

GC — Robertson 7, Bean 6, Stump 8, Fields 6, Lowe 10.

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