Greenville defense impressive in last second loss to Stebbins
GREENVILLE – The Green Wave dropped a 46-43Tuesday night matchup with the Stebbins Indians canning a 3-point buzzer beater with .00 showing on the clock to earn the Miami Valley League contest.
“If you walk into the locker room after a game like that and it doesn’t sting that tells you one thing that maybe your kids have cashed it in – these guys haven’t,” said Greenville coach, Bobby Jones. “They know what adversity is and they know how to handle it. We told them after the game that they took a huge step in the right direction.”
“That team that we just played scored 77-points the other night against Xenia and we held them to 46 so we are getting the defense figured out,” Jones added. “Now we just have to make the bunny plays.”
Greenville jumped out to a 13-5 lead at 2:26 in the first and would settle for a 13-8 advantage after one quarter of play led by two Nolan Curtis 3-pointers.
“I thought the varsity’s focus at the beginning of the game was really, really good,” Jones stated. “Up to this point we’ve had a handful of situations where we we’ve gotten a lead and just didn’t quite know what to do with it so we are going to work on some things tomorrow. Hopefully they are going to help us going into that Butler game Thursday.”
The Indians battled back in second period action to trail Greenville 17-16 at 2:26 in the second with the teams heading to the halftime bread with the Wave clinging to a 1-point 22-21 lead.
Greenville upped its lead to 35-30 with 0:45 showing on the third quarter board and would take the third period 13-11 to send the teams to the final quarter with the Wave holding a slim 35-32 advantage led in scoring by freshman Eric Brenner with a triple and 2-point basket.
The Wave took an early 38-32 fourth quarter lead only to have Stebbins knot the score at 43-43 with under a half minute to play and work for a final shot that proved to be the game winner as the buzzer sounded.
“Our kids played extremely hard and I said to the guys before the game – ‘I’m not real concerned with the winning and losing right now, but what I am concerned is – is my team going to walk off the floor knowing they didn’t have any gas in the tank,’ – I felt like tonight our guys left it all on the floor,” Coach Bobby Jones.
“Stebbins was a pretty tough team tonight,” Jones concluded. “If we can replicate that toughness we’re going to win some ballgames, but that is just a byproduct of doing things the right way.”
Greenville travels to Butler for a 7:30 p.m. Thursday night MVL game.
STEBBINS 46, GREENVILLE 43
STEBBINS – N. Keller 26, K. Cross 13, C. Harris 2, M. Bizimungu 2, C. Lambert 2, B. Grassan 2 – TOTALS 9 7-15 7 46
GREENVILLE – N. Curtis 17, O. Garcia 6, E. Brenner 5, J. Demange 4, H. Livingston 4, A. Baumgardner 3, M. Bryant 2, C. Drew 2 – TOTALS 11 3-11 6 43
Stebbins 7 (K. Cross 4, N. Keller 3)
Greenville 6 (N. Curtis 5, E. Brenner 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
08-13-11-14 46 Stebbins
13-09-13-08 43 Greenville