GREENVILLE – Isaiah Gable became just the fifth Greenville boys basketball player to score 1,000 career points as the Green Wave beat Troy 86-78 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference game Tuesday night.
The Greenville senior joined the 1,000 point club 31 seconds into the second quarter, draining a 3-pointer that gave him 1,000 points for his career and put the Wave up 24-10.
“That’s just an incredible achievement for anyone,” Greenville coach Kyle Joseph said. “I’ve only been here for a year, but in the time I’ve been here I know how hard he’s worked to get to that point. So really proud of him for that.”
Gable had a big night, finishing the contest with a game-high 31 points. After scoring just 2 points in the first quarter, during which the Green Wave took a 21-10 lead, Gable heated up in the second quarter and scored 16 points in the period.
Gable’s hot hand coincided with a strong run for Greenville as the home team scored the first 10 points of the second quarter and increased its advantage to a game-high 21 points.
With the Wave leading 29-10, just moments before they went up by 21, Joseph used a timeout to keep his players focused. He reminded his team that the Trojans wouldn’t give up, and they didn’t. By the end of the half Troy had reduced its deficit to single digits, 42-34.
“Just talking about that very thing of keeping the pressure on and next thing you know they score 24 points in about four-and-a-half minutes,” Joseph said. “Part of that is us and part is these teams just aren’t going to quit.”
Troy scored the first 7 points of the second half and had Greenville’s lead down to just 1 point, 42-41. For the remainder of the third quarter Greenville had to fight to hold off Troy and clung to a 62-59 lead going into the fourth quarter.
Troy again reduced Greenville’s lead to just 1 point early in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans never were able to get over the hump. The Wave scored the next 11 points to go up 73-61 on their way to an 8-point victory, 86-78.
“We came out with a lot of intensity, really moved the ball, finished, did a great job on the defensive end,” Joseph said. “Obviously we still have some lapses at times during the game, but I think at the same time you’ve got to give a lot of credit to Troy. Same thing with all the teams in our league, no one is just going to roll over and quit.”
Gable led Greenville with his game-high 31 points. Also for the Wave, Peter Pandey scored 18 points, Aaron Rich scored 16, Devin Hendrix scored 8, Will Coomer scored 6, Trae Wood scored 5, and Marcus Wood scored 2.
Zach Reichelderfer led Troy with 19 points. Also for the Trojans, Hayden Kotwica scored 17 points, Keenan Kinnel scored 14, Ryan McClurg scored 13, Devon Larger scored 5, Eli Palmer scored 5, and Zion Taylor scored 5.
Greenville improved to 9-6 overall and 7-4 in the GWOC with Tuesday’s win while Troy fell to 5-11 overall and 3-8 in the GWOC. Greenville will play host to Vandalia-Butler on Friday.