Greenville Green Wave honors seniors in final home game of 2021-2022 basketball season
GREENVILLE – The Green Wave battled back from a 24-12 halftime deficit to outscore the visiting West Carrollton Pirates 27-25 in second half MVL play.
Greenville one of just two DII schools playing in the DI dominated conference, dropped the senior night contest 49-39 but showed much improvement from an earlier 61-31 season loss to the Pirates.
“I told them after the game, that’s a team that beat you by 30-points the last time we played them,” said Greenville coach, Bobby Jones. “We are playing better basketball – look at what we did at Stebbins without Nolan Curtis and then we turned around and we had Xenia, we took them to double overtime and then we go down to Fairborn and the first time we played Fairborn and won by 13 – we had DJ (Zimmer).
“We didn’t have DJ this time obviously and then West Carrollton is going to do what they do,” Jones added. “We did a much better job of taking care of the basketball but also attacking the basket and getting to the free throw line the second half. When we get to the free throw line – Jarrod, Nolan, our guards are pretty efficient up there.”
The Wave jumped out to a 6-2 lead at 3:43 in the first only to have West Carrollton storm back with an 8-unanswered points to take a 10-6 lead to the second quarter.
Greenville struggled to get points on the second period board while the Pirates were getting in the scoring column with 14-points sending the teams to the break with the visitors doubling up on the home team 24-12.
The Green Wave put on display what is to come over the next three seasons as Coach Jones went to his bench using three freshmen; EB Fall, Drew Hamilton and Eric Brenner and sophomore Chase Drew along with his experienced varsity players to mount a second half comeback.
The Pirates took the third quarter 13-10 to lead 37-22 with three complete but it was Greenville taking the final period 17-12 in a battle to the final seconds of the Wave’s last home game of the 2021-2022 season.
The 2021-2022 Greenville season was riddled with injuries from start to finish that did not allow the Wave at any time during the year to put its complete starting lineup on the court.
“Those seniors could have easily packed it in when DJ went down, we don’t have Truman (Nicholas) all season long, when Hayden Bush got hurt the first time we played West Carrollton, Nolan has played with a torn labrum, didn’t have Jarrod DeMange to start the season and the seniors stuck together,” Coach Jones said. “They are a tight knit group, they are great kids, they’re great students but more importantly they come from great families.”
“It’s no accident that they are the way they are because all you have to do is take a step back and look at the family that they’re in. Their moms and dads have done a great job of raising them so I have been blessed to coach them.”
“I am going to hate to see them go,” Jones continued. “I wish I had them for at least one more year because I really feel like next season when it rolls around we’re really going to turn the corner in a big way – but they did a great job of helping us get this thing kicked started.”
Seniors playing their final home game for the Green Wave: Alex Baumgardner, Million Bryant, Truman Nicholas, Hayden Bush, Oriol Ribera-Garcia and Nolan Curtis. Senior Cheerleaders included Kaylie McGreevey and Breina Toomey.
Greenville still has the OHSAA state tournament ahead but Coach Jones took time to talk about the future of the Green Wave basketball program.
“In December and it might have been after the West Carrollton game, we got back to the school and we said, ‘ok guys, we are switching gears’. We have so many young guys that are getting valuable court time right now but we’re switching gears.”
“We are going to do nothing but fundamental development for the next two months and these seniors are going to show you how to go to work every day in practice. We were doing everything from pushups, setups – it was like a military.”
“That’s the way we treated it for the last two months so that we could be ready when the offseason rolls around and just continue to build and build and build and then next year when the season rolls around we hit the ground running because our guys have kept the ball in their hand since the season ended.”
“The seniors have done a really good job of setting that expectation and setting that mentality and telling these guys if you want to keep this thing going in the right direction, you’ve got to put in the time,” Coach Jones concluded.
GHS junior guard, Jarrod DeMange paced the Wave with 12-points.
WEST CARROLLTON 49, GREENVILLE 39
WEST CARROLLTON – R. Riley 15, J. Vaughn 13, P. Iwoni 7, R. Douds 6, T. Dennis 6, D. Harden 2 – TOTALS 10 20-39 3 49
GREENVILLE – J. DeMange 12, EB Fall 7, M. Bryant 5, A. Baumgardner 4, O. Garcia 4, N. Curtis 4, H. Bush 3 – TOTALS 8 17-26 2 39
West Carrollton 3 (J. Vaughn 2, R. Riley 1)
Greenville 2 (J. DeMange, N. Curtis 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
10-14-13-12 49 West Carrollton
06-06-10-17 39 Greenville