GREENVILLE – Greenville made a strong fourth quarter push in a sold out gymnasium Friday night but fell just short against Sidney, losing 62-60 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference game.
The Green Wave had a rough first quarter and trailed 21-12 at the end of the period.
During the second quarter the Wave started to come back. With 1:35 left to play in the stanza the Wave were back within 3 points.
Greenville and Sidney went back and forth scoring in the final moments of the first half with the Wave’s deficit fluctuating between 3 and 5 points. At the end of the first half Greenville trailed 36-31.
In the third quarter the Wave started to fall further behind again. Then things started to change, and they came back and were down by 3 at the 2:51 mark. However, Sidney got going again and at the end of the third quarter Greenville was down 54-45.
Then in the fourth quarter the game really turned around. Greenville was down by 7 with just over six minutes remaining. However, Sidney got called for a few travel calls, and that helped Greenville battle back.
With 5:05 remaining Greenville trailed by 3 and with 4:43 the Wave were only down by 2. Just 15 seconds later Greenville tied the game at 58-58 with a dunk. The dunk got the crowd on its feet, and the gym all of a sudden became very loud.
Greenville went up by 2 points with less than three minutes remaining then with 1:15 left Sidney tied the score back up. Moments later Greenville fouled Isaiah Bowser, and he put the Sidney up by 1 point.
After a traveling call on Greenville, Sidney took possession and drew a foul. The Jackets made another free throw and were up by 2 points, 62-60, which ultimately was the final score.
Greenville’s Isaiah Gable led all scorers with 20 points. Also scoring for the Wave was Aaron Rich with 14 points, Devin Hendrix with 12 points, Peter Pandey with 7 points, Kyle Mills with 4 points, and Trae Wood with 3 points.
Scoring for the Yellow Jackets was Andre Gordon with 19 points, Ratez Roberts with 16 points, Bowser with 13 points, Phillip McCluskey with 9 points, Josiah Hudgins with 3 points, and Allec Gordon with 2 points.
Greenville dropped to 13-8 overall and 9-6 in the GWOC with the loss while Sidney improved to 17-5 overall and 13-2 in the conference. The teams will meet again in the first round of the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at Trotwood.