GREENVILLE - The Wave couldn’t hold up to Tecumseh’s solid outside shooting on Saturday and lost in another close game 46-49.
Greenville emerged wearing the school’s throwback uniforms in honor of Hall of Fame induction night, but unfortunately the wardrobe change didn’t help them start strongly.
Tecumseh came out with a smooth 2-9 lead over Greenville and carried it into a steady 11-point advantage.
The Arrows made seven three-pointers, all in the first half, and Greenville couldn’t slow down Tecumseh’s shots on the perimeter.
“We’ve got to put four quarters in, that’s what it boils down to,” Greenville boys basketball coach Michael Bashore said.
Although Clay Guilozet fought back with a few of his own treys, the Arrows kept the pressure on for a nine-point run to end the first half 19-33.
Unfortunately, injuries and sickness plagued Greenville on the court, which restricted some of their options.
“(Kendall) Hemer was fighting through sickness all week,” Bashore said.
And a major player for Greenville, Adam Hickerson, is out from a possible broken wrist.
“That was a big blow, not having Adam Hickerson around,” said Bashore. “He’s our leading rebounder and best defender, so that’s not easy to replace him.”
Now with Hickerson possibly gone for the majority of the season, Greenville will have to switch up their game plan.
But the Wave had strong showings from the rest of the team to balance out the gaps.
“At one point Kendall (Hemer) was out, Comer’s out with a bloody nose, and so guys like Devin and Curtis Conrad stepped up and did some nice things. And Clay Guillozet is getting better every game.”
The second half was a different story for the Wave, as they doubled down on their efforts to stop the Arrows.
“We picked up defensively in the second half. I think our full court pressure got to them a little bit,” Bashore said. “I think when we started to do that, our energy started to pick up.”
Greenville outscored their opponents by ten points in the third and found themselves within reach at 34-38 going into the final period.
“These kids just have so much fight in them,” Bashore said. “We’re young, but I thought for the most part there were a lot of individual players that played better tonight.”
The Wave put itself within one point of Tecumseh at 41-42, but that was as close as they came after letting a layup through and fouling on the shot.
Devin Wood shot a three-pointer to keep Greenville alive and Allen Tabler drew a technical, but Tecumseh held onto their lead for the 46-49 victory.
Clay Guilllozet led Greenville with 15 points followed by Aaron Balsbaugh with 11 and Tabler with ten.
“They deserve a win. They’re getting there,” Bashore said. “We’re going to come out next week and put everything we have to get ready for Piqua.”
Greenville’s next match is a home game against Piqua on January 4.