GREENVILLE – The Greenville varsity boys basketball team made it three wins in a row, defeating the neighboring Arcanum Trojans 65-40 Saturday.
“We played hard. We are on a nice roll,” Greenville varsity coach Michael Bashore said. “We had good fan support tonight. It was nice to come out and get a win in front of them.”
The orange and black took an early 5-3 lead over the Green Wave at 4:55 in the first period on a trey and bucket from 6-foot 3-inch senior Mason Garber and a 3-pointer from the Wave's Allen Tabler.
“This is a very athletic Greenville team,” Arcanum varsity coach Brian Gunter said. “They have good size. It's a good team.”
Greenville's high-octane offense kicked into gear, scoring 16-unanswered points to lead 19-5 at first quarter's end with scoring from Tabler tallying eight points including two treys, a Clay Guillozet 3-pointer and two free throws for five points, Zach Comer with four points and Aaron Balsbaugh adding a bucket.
“Our guard's pressure can really get to you, and I thought in the first half our pressure was all over them,” Bashore said.
The Wave took a 21-5 lead at 7:17 to open second quarter play, extending their scoring run to 18 points.
“There were some times where we made some nice little runs, but then their defense, with their pressure and their length, they got some easy stick backs,” Gunter said.
Colin Habel got Arcanum back in the scoring column, hitting back-to-back free throws for a 21-7 score.
The Green Wave would put 24 second-quarter points on the board while limiting the Trojans to 11 points.
Arcanum 5-foot 6-inch junior guard Kory Baker accounted for five Trojan second-period points including a 3-pointer.
Greenville was led by Guillozet's nine points including a trey, Comer knocking down seven and Ryan Drew hitting for six points in the paint, giving the Wave a commanding 43-16 halftime lead.
In typical Trojan fashion, Arcanum rebounded after the halftime break, putting up 15 third-period points while limiting the Green Wave to 14 points.
“We had that choice of coming out of the locker room to either just lay down or compete,” Gunter said. “Our kids worked extremely hard.”
Greenville got on the board first extending the lead to 31 points at 47-16 on a Guillozet stick back and a Comer bucket with an assist from Guillozet.
Connor Pohl and Hayden Westfall hit back-to-back buckets for the Trojans, bringing a timeout from the Wave bench at 6:29 with the score standing at 47-20.
The Trojans made it a 7-0 run with a trey from 6-foot 3-inch sophomore Conner Pohl, cutting the Wave lead to 24 points at 47-23 before Balsbaugh dropped in a bucket at the charity strip and followed with a breakaway two handed dunk for a 50-23 Wave lead.
“Guillozet, as always, had 21 tonight. Even towards the end of the game, the (Cody) Preston kid cleaned up the glass a lot. (Allen) Tabler had a fantastic start in the first half, knocking down some threes,” Bashore said. “(Zach) Comer does a nice job getting to the basket. Ryan Drew did a nice job getting to the basket. He is playing better defensively. Aaron (Balsbaugh) has come a long way this year. All-in-all I'm happy with everybody.”
The teams played even over the final four minutes in the third period with the Wave interspersing players off the bench as the teams headed to the final stanza with the Green Wave leading 57-31.
The fourth quarter had Greenville going to its bench early with the Trojans soon following, giving both benches experience and playing time as the Arcanum put nine fourth quarter points in the book while the Wave were adding eight.
“Our starters did a nice job of putting them away kind of early,” Bashore said. “It's nice in situations like that, you can let some of the younger kids get some varsity time. You're going to need them for the future. It's nice to let those kids get some minutes that normally don't get to play much.”
Guillozet led all scorers with 21 points followed by teammate Zach Comer's 17 points. Kory Baker was high scorer for the Trojans with 12 points followed by 10 points from Mason Garber.
“We did a really nice job against a Piqua team last night. Held them to 37 at their place. Beat them like 20, so we did a really nice job,” Bashore said. “We are on a roll right now. Three wins in a row. We have some games ahead of us (that) we think can knock a few more wins in a row here.”
“We're getting there and we are going to continue to work hard,” Gunter said. “I was pleased leaving tonight the way we competed in the second half.”
Scoring by quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Greenville 19 24 14 8 65
Arcanum 5 11 15 9 40
Greenville scoring: C. Guillozet 21, Z. Comer 17, A. Tabler 8, C. Preston 7, A. Balsbaugh 6, R. Drew 6
Arcanum scoring: K. Baker 12, M. Garber 10, C. Pohl 8, D. Lindemuth 4, H. Westfall 2, C. Troutwine 2, C. Habel 2