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Boys basketball: Big fourth quarter gets Pirates by Lions

Feb. 2—RUSHVILLE — For three quarters, upset-minded Rushville had the lead on the Pirates of Greensburg. The fourth quarter was a different story as Greensburg outscored the Lions 19-5 to rally for the 38-26 win.

Greensburg improves to 12-6 on the season and 5-1 in the EIAC. Rushville drops to 3-15 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

Greensburg opened the scoring in the game with a left-wing 3-pointer by Drew Busick. Four straight points from Rushville's Adrian Apodaca had the Lions in front. Jack McKinsey hit a 3-pointer for the Pirates before Rushville's Owen Zachery converted a lay-up.

With Greensburg leading 8-6, Keegan Bowles found Apodaca for the easy Rushville bucket. Apodaca's two free throws closed the quarter with the Lions on top 10-8.

Neither offense could get going in the second quarter. A Bowles lay-up and baseline jumper from Malaki Knight had Rushville up 14-8. Greensburg finally broke the scoring drought with an Addison Barnes-Pettit 3-pointer with :29 remaining in the half.

With just a couple second remaining, Rushville's Quentin Cain hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to put the Lions on top 17-11 at the half.

Buckets by Greensburg's Busick and McKinsey cut the deficit to 17-15. After a Rushville timeout with 3:20 to play in the quarter, Zachery found Cain for the bucket and a 4-point Rushville lead.

Busick scored the next four points to knot the game at 19-19, but Rushville's Clayton Chase scored to put the Lions in front 21-19 heading to the fourth quarter.

A pair of Bowles free throws for the Lions started the final stanza and pushed the lead to four. Justin Adkins completed a traditional three point play near the seven minute mark to get Greensburg within one. A drive to the bucket by Bradley Lutz put the Pirates in front 24-23.

Barnes-Pettitt found Lutz in the corner for a 3-pointer to extend the lead to four. That was short-lived as Chase hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to get the Lions within one at 27-26.

A steal by Greensburg's Busick followed by a lay-up and foul had the Pirates' lead back to four at 30-26. That traditional three point play started an 11-0 run by Greensburg to close out the game. Four straight free throws by McKinsey capped the 38-26 victory.

For the Pirates, Busick led all scorers with 14 points. McKinsey was also in double figures with 11 points. Adkins and Lutz both scored five points. Barnes-Pettit had three points.

Rushville was led in scoring by Apodaca with eight points. Cain and Chase both had five points. Bowles added four points and team-highs in rebounds with four and assists with three. Zachery and Knight both had two points.

North Decatur

GREENSBURG — The Chargers welcomed conference foe Waldron to town Thursday. North Decatur jumped out to a 5-point lead after the first quarter and never trailed at the end of a quarter en route to a 47-38 victory.

North improves to 11-8 on the season and 4-1 in the MHC. Waldron drops to 6-8 overall and 2-2 in the MHC.

North led 13-8 after the first quarter and held on to a 24-21 lead at the half.

The Chargers outscored the Mohawks 15-7 in the third quarter to lead 39-28 heading to the fourth. Waldron won the quarter 10-8, but North posted the 47-38 victory.

Leading the Chargers in scoring was Kaden Muckerheide with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists. Owen Eldridge tallied 10 points and six rebounds.

Logan O'Dell added nine points and one rebound. Brady Mauer finished with five points and a team-high seven rebounds. Cooper Parmer had three points, four rebounds and one assist. Marshall Snell added two points and a rebound. Mason Morris had two points, three boards and two assists.

The Chargers host Milan Tuesday.

Batesville

AURORA — South Dearborn's Brodie Teke hit 6-of-8 3-pointers en route to a game-high 20 points as the host Knights defeated Batesville 54-51.

Batesville drops to 11-5 overall and 2-2 in the EIAC. South Dearborn improves to 10-7 on the season and 4-2 in the conference.

The Bulldogs held a 14-11 lead at the half. South Dearborn outscored Batesville 27-17 in the middle quarters to lead 38-31 heading to the fourth quarter. Batesville cut the deficit by four in the final eight minutes, but could not get all the way back.

South Dearborn shot 50 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. Batesville shot 43.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from long range.

Batesville had three players score in double figures: Jack Grunkemeyer 18, Cade Kaiser 14 and Sam Johnson 13. Brayden Maple and Gus Prickel both had three points. Johnson and Grunkemeyer both had six rebounds. Prickel dished out a team-high three assists.

Following Teke's 20 points for the Knights was Scout Gray 14, Hudson Shackelford eight, Adam Kunkel four, Zander Schwab three, Peyton Hill two, Mason Hamlett two and Mason Lane one.

Contact Aaron Kirchoff at aaron.kirchoff@greensburgdailynews.com.