SHELBYVILLE — Entering Tuesday’s game with Shelbyville, Greenfield-Central coach Josh Johnson knew his squad would be at a severe disadvantage.
In order to topple a vertically-gifted Golden Bear squad looking to keep their Hoosier Heritage Conference title hopes alive, the Cougars had to take care of the ball and hit shots — a lot of them.
G-C did that and more Tuesday, knocking down 13 3-pointers and overcoming a massive rebounding margin to hold off Shelbyville 86-80 in overtime at William L. Garrett Memorial Gymnasium.
The 4A Cougars (4-15, 1-5 HHC) needed their most points in over six years to claim their second victory over fellow 4A competition in the last three seasons — both have come against the Golden Bears. G-C also scored a 66-55 road win at Shelbyville on Jan. 21, 2012.
Tate Hall (30 points) and Dallas Pribble (23 points) each tallied career highs for the blue-and-gold, which was outrebounded 41-13 and but drilled 19-of-24 free throws in the fourth quarter and overtime to knock Shelbyville (7-10, 3-2 HHC) out of HHC championship contention.
“We knew rebounding would be a problem — and it was a huge problem,” said G-C coach Josh Johnson, whose squad surrendered 23 offensive boards. “I don’t know if there’s a team that rebounds better than they do. That was a big worry. We don’t matchup with them real well.”