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Greenville eighth grade boys basketball coach Jim Gable giving his team instructions during a timeout.
TROY – The Greenville eighth grade boys basketball team won its third game in a row on the road in come-from-behind fashion, defeating Troy 38-27.
“We have three wins in a row going into the GWOC tournament,” Greenville eighth grade boys basketball coach Jim Gable said. “The guys have a lot of confidence right now.”
The Green Wave took an 11-4 first quarter lead with scoring coming from six A. J. Frens points and trey from Noah Haupt.
Greenville fell behind going into the half as Troy outscored the Wave 12-2 in the second quarter with Greenville’s two points coming from single free throws from Devin Hendrix and Frens.
“They tried to pack a zone back in and take away our height,” coach Gable said.
The second half had Greenville’s eighth graders falling behind 25-21 heading into the final quarter. Isaiah Gable led the Wave’s third quarter scoring with six points with Haupt chipping in two as Troy outscored the Wave 9-8.
Greenville came alive in the final quarter outscoring the home standing Trojans 17-2.
“We were down four points. We outscored them 17-2 the final quarter, which is a good thing for us,” coach Gable said. “We’ve had trouble scoring points in the fourth quarter.”
Gable led the Wave comeback with seven fourth quarter points. Kyle Phillips contributed five points followed with three from Frens.
“We did a good job (11 of 16) from the free throw line,” coach Gable said. “We had some players step up that hadn’t been playing as much. Alex Swabb came off the bench and ran the point most of the game.
“We had a good balanced attack Isaiah (Gable) had 13 points and 11 rebounds. A. J. (Frens) had 10 points and six rebounds. Kyle Phillips had six and Noah Haupt off the bench had a big three and five points.”