GREENVILLE — The Greenville varsity boys basketball team used senior night to secure a second place finish in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, defeating the Sidney Yellow Jackets 76-47.
“Overall we are real proud. They (Greenville) finished second in the GWOC North,” Greenville varsity basketball coach Michael Bashore said. “That’s the first time that has happened around here in quite some time. The 13 wins, that’s another that hasn’t happened around here in a long time so there are a lot of things to proud about.”
It took just 11 seconds for the Greenville sophomore Clay Guillozet to nail a 3-pointer, giving the Wave a lead that would hold up until the final buzzer.
The Wave followed a Jackets basket and 3-2 score with 12 unanswered points with scoring from a Zach Hounshell bucket, back-to-back baskets and a free throw by Guillozet and a trey off the glass from senior Zach Comer.
The Wave’s big man inside, Aaron Balsbaugh completed the run with a powerful slam dunk with 4:16 remaining on the first quarter clock for a 15-2 lead.
The Wave’s tenacious defense and speed proved to too much for Sidney as Greenville raced to a 30-7 first quarter lead.
Allen Tabler accounted for 10 first quarter points including a trey while Guillozet was knocking down 11 points including two triples for the Wave.
The Wave used 21 second-quarter points while holding the Yellow Jackets to 11 points in the period, taking a 51-18 halftime lead with 6-foot 7-inch Balsbaugh leading the charge with nine second-quarter points including his second dunk of the night.
“We did what we had to do,” Bashore said. “We got up on them early, kind of took them out of it.”
Coach Bashore used the third period of play rotating his bench in and out, putting eight points on the board in the period while Sidney was adding 11 points as the teams headed to the final period of play with the Wave holding a comfortable 59-29 lead.
“There are some things I wish would have went better in the second half,” Bashore said, “but it’s kind of hard to keep that momentum up the whole time.”
Hounshell and Cody Preston each knocked down a trey in the final stanza while Tabler was going 5-of-6 at the charity stripe and tossing in a basket, giving Greenville’s three seniors, Zach Hounshell, Zach Comer and Ryan Drew, a 76-47 win in their last home game.
“We talked in the locker room after the game,” Bashore said. “When they (seniors) were freshmen, they won one or two and now they are up to 13 already, so they have seen both sides of it.” They have put in a lot of hard work. We’re going to miss all three of them without question.
“We have a nice group of younger kids, but there are things out of each one of those kids (seniors) that we are not going replace,” Bashore added. “We are just going to have to look for different people to step up.”
Greenville junior guard Allen Tabler led all scorers with 25 points in the contest.
The Wave hit 80 percent at the line, going 8-of-10 while Sidney was making 5-of-13 for 38 percent on the night.
The Greenville junior varsity team defeated the Yellow Jackets 57-34 in the early contest.
Scoring by quarters: 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Greenville 30 21 8 17 76
Sidney 7 11 11 18 47
Greenville scoring: A. Tabler 25, C. Guillozet 19, A. Balsbaugh 13, Z. Comer 7, C. Preston 5, Z. Hounshell 5, R. Drew 2
Sidney: D. McNeal 9, Z. Napier 8, J. Herd 8, E. Beigel 8, C. Gallimore 5, T. Burns 4, M. Miller 3, T. Cox 2