Greensburg overcomes Bowman's pressure in Class 3A
March 30, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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The Greensburg Pirates probed Bowman Academy's full-court defense, found the openings and set a Class 3A championship game scoring record with an 89-76 victory over the Eagles.
The outcome meant a second consecutive state championship for the Pirates. Bowman, the 2013 champion in 2A and the 2010 champ in Class A, was denied its opportunity to become the first boys basketball team to win a state title in three different classifications.
Greenburg turned the ball over 22 times against Bowman's withering pressure. But when the Pirates broke the press, they generally located good shots on the way to 56.4 percent shooting (31-of-55) from the field. They hit 57.1 percent (12-of-21) on 3-pointers.
An 18-3 run from the late third quarter into the fourth opened a 19-point lead for Greensburg. Collin Rigney connected on four 3-pointers during the surge.
Bowman battled back, slicing its deficit to nine (81-72) with about 2 minutes remaining, but the Pirates held on.
Sean Sellers led the Pirates with 27 points and 16 rebounds. Rigney hit 23 points. Ryan Welage had 21 points. Bryant McIntosh had 11 assists, tying a 3A title-game record.
Coach Stacy Meyer's Greensburg team, ranked first in the Associated Press poll, finished the season with a 15-game winning streak and a 28-1 record.
For Bowman Academy, Davon Dillard led the way with 21 points. Austin Daniels added 14, and Anthony Cole had 12. Justin King and Arthur Haggard III each contributed 11 points. King grabbed 11 rebounds.
Coach Marvin Rea's Eagles, ranked third by the AP, finished 22-5.
Class 3A Championship Game Records
Most Combined Points
Most Points in a Half
Most Field Goals Made
Most Combined Field Goals Made
Most Field Goals Attempted
Highest 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 10 attempts)
Most Assists (since 1972)
Most Combined Assists (since 1972)
Highest 3-Point Field Goal Percentage (min. 5 attempts)
Most Assists (Since 1972)