VERSAILLES – The Greenville varsity boys basketball team went on the road to defeat the Versailles Tigers 54-53 Saturday night.
“Everybody played well tonight,” Greenville varsity coach Michael Bashore said. “We don't win if guys are not willing to accept their roles. We have eight or nine guys that are willing to accept what their roles are. That's how you turn things around.”
The Green Wave took the floor with 13 wins, the most regular season wins going back 29 years with the all-time Greenville record standing at 16 wins in a regular season.
“That (14 wins) has everything to do with how hard my kids work,” Bashore said. “Every one of them has bought into it (Greenville program). That's why we are where we are.”
The Wave took an early 4-0 lead on a Zach Comer basket and a drive to the hoop and score from Aaron Balsbaugh.
Ryan Knapke and Nick Campbell baskets evened the score at 4-4 at 4:45 on the first quarter clock.
Versailles held a 14-13 lead with the first quarter in the books led by Evan Phlipot's six points while Greenville sophomore Clay Guillozet led the Wave with seven points including his first of two treys on the night.
Quarter two saw six lead changes including the Wave's opening Balsbaugh bucket and two ties at 18-18 and 21-21.
Both teams put nine second quarter points on the board with the Tigers taking a one-point, 23-22 advantage at the break.
“I was pretty proud the way the kids came back,” Versailles varsity coach Scott McEldowney said. “We took a very good Greenville team toe-to-toe.”
Allen Tabler led the second quarter scoring for the Green Wave with four points including a three while the Tigers got balance scoring from four players.
Versailles opened second half play scoring first to take a three-point lead at 7:08.
Back-to-back Balsbaugh baskets and a Guillozet tip-in had the Wave on top by three at 5:25
Tabler answered a Tigers basket with a trey, giving the Wave their largest lead of the contest at 31-27 with 4:57 showing on the third quarter clock.
A Tigers basket and back-to-back Jacob Wenning free throws had the score tied at 31-31.
Phlipot answered, going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe and starting an 11-5 Tigers scoring run to close out third quarter play with Versailles leading 42-36.
Phlipot led the Tigers' third quarter charge with eight points while Wenning added seven points as Versailles was hitting 19 third quarter points while holding the Wave to 14 points.
“Evan Phlipot inside, we have been able to pound the ball to him inside,” McEldowney said. “Jacob Wenning another senior put two career highs back-to-back … plays so hard. Ryan Knapke is shooting the ball really well.”
Balsbaugh, Greenville's 6-foot 7-inch junior, hit for six points with Tabler drilling a trey and a basket for five third quarter Wave points.
The Green Wave scored six unanswered points to open fourth quarter action with a Tabler basket and Balsbaugh going 4-for-4 at the line to knot the score at 42-42.
A Tigers' two-point goal followed with a Guillozet triple gave the Wave their first lead since the 4:34 third quarter mark.
Versailles evened the score at 45-45 with a Campbell free throw at 3:41 in the contest.
With the Tigers leading 49-47 with 1:14, the Wave's Kendall Hemer nailed a 3-pointer, swinging the lead back to the Green Wave at 50-49.
“We talk every week about people doing something. We wouldn't have won the game tonight without Kendall Hemer,” Bashore said. “Not only with his defense, but he made two huge baskets, a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that put us back up.”
A Versailles basket at 1:02 had the Tigers back on top 51-50 before Ryan Drew hit a bucket in the paint at 0:40 for a 52-51 Greenville lead.
With 0:33 on the clock Wenning calmly stepped to the line to go 2-for-2 with Versailles owning a one-point lead at 53-52, bringing a timeout from the Greenville bench.
With 0:01 showing on the game clock Guillozet hit a stick-back, giving the Green Wave a 54-53 lead.
After the game's three officials huddled, it was determined to put 0:02.5 back on the clock, bringing a time out from coach Bashore.
With the Tigers taking the ball out-of-bounds under the Wave basket, Versailles managed to throw an inbound pass to mid-court, bringing a quick timeout from the Tigers with 0:01.6 showing followed with Bashore calling a Greenville timeout.
When play resumed the Waves' Tabler leaped, intercepting a Tigers' inbound pass and preserving a Greenville 54-53 victory.
“We thought they would either go up top for a three or go inside to the big guy,” Bashore said. “We kind of gambled that they would go that way. We guessed right.
“Another little four-game win streak,” Bashore said. “And to come get a win on the road against a team that is going to play harder than anybody we are going to play all year.
“It's a long time since they beat Versailles,” Bashore added. “I know how bad these kids wanted it, and to win a close one where we lost the lead a couple times, we had a lot of things happen right tonight.”
Scoring by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Greenville 13 9 14 18 54
Versailles 14 9 19 11 53
Greenville scoring: C. Guillozet 15, A. Balsbaugh 15, A. Tabler 13, K. Hemer 5, Z. Comer 4, R. Drew 2
Versailles scoring: E. Phlipot 18, J. Wenning 15, N. Campbell 5, J. Barga 5, K. Rutschilling 4, R. Knapke 4, B. McEldowney 2