GREENVILLE – The Green Wave dropped a 54-37 MVL matchup to the Troy Trojans in a Tuesday night OHSAA basketball action.
“You saw a totally different Greenville team from Saturday night to tonight,” said Greenville coach, Bobby Jones. “Troy is physical, they are athletic, they have athletes, they have scorers, they have shooters, they have big guys but that didn’t matter to our guys tonight.”
“Effort wise I have no complaints whatsoever with our guys,” Jones added. Good effort tonight.”
The Green Wave jumped out to a 7-3 lead midway through the first quarter and settled for a 9-8 lead after one period of play.
The Trojans took quarter No. 2 by a 19-7 score to lead 27-16 at the halftime break.
Greenville won the third period 8-7 to make it a 34-24 score with one period to play.
The fourth quarter belonged to Troy with the Trojans putting 20-points on the board while the Wave was getting its largest quarter output of the night putting 13-points in the book to give the visitors the win.
“I talked to our team in the locker room after the game about how proud I was of the effort, the intensity, the togetherness and the playing for one another that we saw for four quarters out there,” Coach Jones stated.
Coach Jones took time to talk about high school basketball officials and the good crew that was on hand to call the Tuesday night game.
“That is something we talked about – what is your body language going to be like,” said Jones. “Referees are going to be human and referees can get mad like players can get mad and coaches can get mad. If you don’t respect a referee, they don’t need to respect you.”
“Being positive out on the floor and showing that positive energy and body language towards your teammates instead of showing something negative towards the officiating – it goes a long ways and I think you saw that tonight,” added Jones. “We don’t want to see that anymore and our seniors said, that is not us that is not how we are going to play – let’s leave it all out on the floor and whatever happens, happens.”
“We’re going to get there and they know it’s not going to happen overnight.” Coach Jones concluded.
TROY 54, GREENVILLE 37
GREENVILLE – O. Garcia 8, A. Baumgardner 6, M. Bryant 6, H. Bush 6, DJ Zimmer 5, EB Fall 4, H. Livingston 2 – TOTALS 12 10-22 1 37
TROY – N. Prince 16, I. Phillips 10, K. Foster 9, C. Walker 8, N Davis 7, Z. King 2, E. Kaiser 2 – TOTALS 13 16-22 4 54
Greenville 1 (O. Garcia 1)
Troy 4 (N. Prince 1, N. Davis 1, C. Walker 1, I. Phillips 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS
09-07-08-13 37 Greenville
08-19-07-20 54 Troy