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Boys basketball: Pirates back in win column, top Raiders 54-42

Feb. 19—GREENSBURG — The Pirates grabbed a six point lead after the first eight minutes and gradually stretched the lead each quarter en route to a 54-42 win over visiting South Ripley.

The Pirates improve to 15-7 on the season, winning seven of their last eight games. The Raiders drop to 11-9.

South Ripley opened the scoring with a 3-pointer by Drew Volz. A drive by Drew Busick got the Pirates on the board. Trailing 4-3, Greensburg got a drive to the bucket by Jacoby Miller. After a Henry bucket for the Raiders, Miller scored the next four points to put Greensburg in front 9-6.

Greensburg held the 11-8 with the final possession of the quarter. Busick hit a long step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pirates a 14-8 lead after the first quarter.

Bradley Lutz got the Pirates going in the second quarter with a steal and lay-up. After a Volz bucket for South Ripley, Greensburg's Jack McKinsey drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to extend the lead to 19-10.

After South Ripley went on a 9-2 run, back-to-back 3-pointers by Greensburg's Lutz and McKinsey pushed the lead back to eight points. Greensburg closed the second quarter with a 3-pointer by McKinsey to lead 30-21 at the break.

Greensburg opened the third quarter on an 8-2 run. Barnes-Pettit found Justin Adkins for the easy bucket to give Greensburg a 38-23 lead. Four straight from South Ripley's Henry cut the deficit to 38-27.

Greensburg outscored the Raiders 7-5 to close the third quarter with the Pirates on top 45-32 heading to the fourth quarter.

A rebound bucket by Andrew Bowman got the Pirates on the board in the final quarter. South Ripley could not make a run at the Pirates. Henry closed the scoring in the game at the charity stripe, cut the final deficit to 54-42.

McKinsey led the Pirates in scoring with 24 points. Justin Adkins was next for Greensburg with nine points. Jacoby Miller added six points. Bradley Lutz and Drew Busick both scored five points. Addison Barnes-Pettit had three points and Andrew Bowman scored two points.

On the glass, Barnes-Pettit pulled down a team-high six rebounds. McKinsey and Adkins both had four rebounds. Bowman finished with three boards.

Busick led the Pirates in assists with five. Barnes-Pettit dished out three assists. Lutz had a team-high three steals.

Henry led South Ripley with 21 points and Volz had nine.

Greensburg returns to action at North Decatur (12-9) Tuesday.

OA at Rushville

RUSHVILLE — Visiting Oldenburg Academy jumped out to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter. The Lions mounted a comeback in the second half, but came up on the short end 44-38.

Oldenburg evens its season record at 10-10. The Lions fall to 3-18.

Nick Jarman, Clayton Chase and Adrian Apodaca all had a bucket for the Lions in the first eight minutes. Oldenburg countered by hitting four 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Twisters got six points from Miles, five from Weber and five from Wanstrath. Stenger also hit a 3-pointer for the Twisters.

Rushville held the Twisters to just five points in the second quarter, but only added six on the offensive end to trail 23-12 at the half. Jarman had four points and Apodaca two for the Lions. Miles had four of the Twisters' five points.

Rushville again held the Twisters to just five points in the third quarter. On the offensive end, Jarman scored four points, Bowles hit a 3-pointer and Quentin Cain and Apodaca added a bucket. After three quarters, the Lions cut the deficit to 28-23.

Rushville had its best offensive output in the fourth quarter with 15 points. Oldenburg poured in 16 points to hold off the Rushville rally and post the 44-38 victory. The Twisters hit 6-of-7 free throws in the fourth quarter. The Lions hit 10-of-12 at the charity stripe in the final eight minutes.

Jarman led the way for the Lions in scoring with 13 points. Cain and Apodaca both scored six points. Malaki Knight had five points. Bowles chipped in with three points. Chase Woolf and Chase both scored two points. Owen Zachery hit a free throw for one point.

Jarman also finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Bowles pulled down six rebounds. Chase and Knight both had three rebounds.

Cain finished with a team-high two assists and Jarman led the team with four steals.

Wanstrath led the Twisters with 13 points. Miles finished with 10 points.

Rushville hosts Hamilton Heights (9-12) Tuesday.

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