GREENVILLE – It was a packed house and a big night for Greenville as the Green Wave inducted three new members into their Hall of Fame and then the crowd got to witness the Wave hang on for a 63-58 victory over Tri-Village for their first win of the year.
In junior varsity action the Patriots won a thrilling 54-52 contest in what would be a precursor of what was to come in the varsity game.
In between games Greenville recognized and inducted three new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame: Lisa Brinley and Justine Shilt from the class of 2007 and Ryan Winner from the class of 2002.
In the varsity game Greenville set the tone early, proving it could shoot the rock by making four triples with Noah Walker hitting two and one each from Kyle Mills and Will Coomer. Walker scored 10 points to help Greenville go up 16-6 with just under three minutes to go in first quarter.
Tri-Village, though, scratched and clawed its way back into the game by attacking the rim with Jared Buckley scoring 5 points inside and Christian Ricker 4 to close the gap, trailing 16-12 to end the first quarter.
Greenville’s offense was high octane in the second quarter with Walker sending up a heat check triple from the volleyball line and you could tell he was feeling it.
That confidence rubbed off on the rest of the team with six kids scoring: Walker 6, Coomer 4, Noah Vanhorn and Kyle Mills 3 each and Grant Minnich and Tyler Beyke 2 each as the Wave scored 20 points in the second quarter.
Tri-Village, however, didn’t fold and found a hot-hand with senior Trey Frech who connected on four triples in the second quarter and 14 points to help keep the Patriots close at the half, trailing by 5, 36-31.
TV adjusted defensively in the third quarter, paying closer attention to Walker, but Beyke picked up the slack, making two triples and Minnich adding one.
The Patriots continued to get to the rim with Buckley, Ricker and Darrell Lee all scoring 4 points each … but the Wave still led 51-45 heading into the final stanza.
Derek Eyer’s second trey of the game inched TV closer to start the fourth period, 51-48, and moments later Buckley earned the hard 3 inside to tie the game at 51 at the seven-minute mark.
Buckley followed that up with another bucket inside that gave the Patriots their first lead of the game and then Ricker expanded that lead to 55-51on a short fielder at the 4:35 mark.
The Green Wave, searching for that first win, easily could have rolled over but they didn’t.
“I think the biggest thing is we haven’t been in a close game like this since the Fort Recovery and Northmont games. We made some mistakes late because we haven’t been in this position often and then gave up the lead … but the biggest thing to me is you have to keep fighting and give it everything you got. It would have been easy to say, ‘Oh boy, here we go again.’ But to their credit the kids didn’t quit,” Greenville boys basketball coach Kyle Joseph said.
Trailing 55-52, Greenville chucked up two quick shots from beyond the arch, clearly passing up open lanes to the rim that prompted a timeout by Joseph.
“In the first half we were knocking down shots … we have struggled in the second half all year when teams make defensive adjustments and takes things away. We fall in love with quick shots and 3-pointers and because of that don’t run our offense,” Joseph said.
Joseph was quick to point that out in the timeout, and Walker, who had scored 16 points in the first half, was held scoreless in the second half, and he was listening.
Walker drove to the rim, got fouled and made both free throws to pull the Wave within a point and then moments later drilled a big triple from the deep corner to put Greenville back out front, 57-55, with 1:14 to go.
“Walker did what we told him to do. He gets to the rim, gets fouled and makes both free throws then is ready to come right back and knock down a huge 3 in the corner that really put us in control,” Joseph said.
Greenville upped the lead to 60-55 … but Frech struck for the first time since the first half on a triple to give Tri-Village one last chance, now trailing 60-58.
But there would be no dramatic ending as Greenville got a free throw from Marcus Wood and two from Beyke in the remaining seconds of the game to secure the Wave’s first win of the season, 63-58.
Greenville made 10 3-pointers on the night and was led by Walker with 21 points, Beyke 10 and Coomer 9. The Wave improved to 1-9 on the year and will play at Stebbins on Tuesday.
Tri-Village connected eight times from beyond the arch and was led by Frech with 17 points, Buckley 14, Ricker 12 and Eyer 9. The Patriots fell to 5-7 overall and will travel to Lewisburg to play Tri-County North on Friday
“If we can do the little things right, we can win a game. If we can win a game then it can lead to another one. It’s like a shooter who needs to see a shot go in,” Joseph said. “A lot of teams we play are alike so if we can beat a good team like tonight then we can beat Stebbins on Tuesday and so forth and so on.”
Score by quarters
TV … 12 … 19 … 15 … 12 – 58
GR … 16 … 20 … 15 … 12 – 63
Tri-Village – Gage Hileman 2, Noah Burns 1, Derek Eyer 9, Trey Frech 17, Jared Buckley 13, Darrell Lee 4, Christian Ricker 12; Totals – 8-15-4/10 – 58
Greenville – Marcus Wood 3, Grant Minnich 5, Tyler Beyke 10, Kyle Mills 7, Noah Walker 21, Will Coomer 9, Noah Vanhorn 8; Totals 10-11-7/14 – 63