YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GREENSBURG PIRATES...

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GREENSBURG PIRATES Basketball Team

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Proud

Commiskey, IN

#1 Mar 23, 2013
Very Exciting game
Neighbor

Chicago, IL

#2 Mar 23, 2013
Not from Greensburg, but want to say "Congratulations Pirates"...GREAT GAME!
Sex Panther

United States

#3 Mar 23, 2013
That was truly an amazing game. Congrats Pirates!
Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#4 Mar 23, 2013
"Amazing" is how they dismantled Evansville Bosse and Mount Vernon.

This game with Fort Wayne Concordia was a "gut check."

It tested Greensburg's will to succeed ... and they did!
Teresa

United States

#5 Mar 24, 2013
Congradulations boys! We are proud of all of you and the coaches! It has to be the best feeling in the world. What an accomplishment. Thanks for an outstanding season.
way2go

Greensburg, IN

#6 Mar 24, 2013
Way to go boys!You did it!Thanks for a great season and an even greater ending. Greensburg is proud of you.I cant even begin to imagine how you must feel right now. However , we are so excited and over joyed for you all!
Relax and enjoy the rest of your spring break!
Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#7 Mar 24, 2013
Nobody Important wrote:
"Amazing" is how they dismantled Evansville Bosse and Mount Vernon. This game with Fort Wayne Concordia was a "gut check." It tested Greensburg's will to succeed ... and they did!
I've reviewed the televised broadcast today.

The news will focus on McIntosh's three-point shot and Sellers' seventeen-point effort in the second half as key to the win. They were chief contributors. That can't be denied.

I looked other game-changing moments that helped seal the win. These really changed Fort Wayne's game....

1. With about 1:07 left in regulation, McIntosh's downcourt presence caused the Fort Wayne player to make a high pass that went out of bounds near the Fort Wayne bench. Lost opportunity.

2. With about two minutes left in overtime, Fort Wayne managed to get the ball past Greensburg's full court defensive pressure, to McCall in the vicinity of the basket. Welage had a big block that not only denied Fort Wayne from regaining a one-point lead, but denied them possession of the ball. Another lost opportunity.

3. Rigney's drive and basket in the last minute of overtime made the difference of Greensburg having a one-point or a three-point lead. It thus caused Fort Wayne to change its tactic from going inside for a one-point lead, to shooting from outside in an attempt to tie the score. Failed opportunity.
Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#8 Mar 24, 2013
Nobody Important wrote:
I looked other game-changing moments that helped seal the win.
I listened to a former coach speak recently on ESPN. He said that a GOOD team will match the opponent's threat.... That is to overcome the game tactics an opponent has employed in its game plan. Then he went on to say that GREAT teams will change the opponent's tactics.... That is to cause the other team to play out of its comfort zone so as to employ tactics not in the opponent's game plan.

Fort Wayne came with a solid plan. They had a size advantage. They outscored Greensburg in the paint by twelve points. They had a balanced attack in that four players scored in double-digits. They controlled the tempo for most of the game.

Greensburg challenged their size in the second half, causing their two "go to" guys to foul out, and another to be one foul from elimination. These, and the three events identified in my last post, took Fort Wayne out of their comfort zone. Fort Wayne played a whale of a thirty-minute game. Problem is ... the game lasted thirty-six minutes.

As for Sean Sellers being the first to foul out ... it wasn't the loss it appeared to be. The thirty-one minutes that he did play were quality minutes. The scoreboard doesn't reflect that he contributed a dozen rebounds and a number of blocked shots. It doesn't reflect that a number of Fort Wayne's fouls were committed in effort to stop him from getting to the basket.

Remember ... that in the game of chess, pawns are most often employed to form a wall that will disallow the opponent to gain strategic advantage, and in the end, those pawns are often the casualties incurred in the winning outcome.
Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#9 Mar 25, 2013
Here is how Fort Wayne television news reported it ...

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Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#10 Mar 25, 2013
Nobody Important wrote:
Fort Wayne came with a solid plan. They had a size advantage. They outscored Greensburg in the paint by twelve points. They had a balanced attack in that four players scored in double-digits. They controlled the tempo for most of the game.

Greensburg challenged their size in the second half, causing their two "go to" guys to foul out, and another to be one foul from elimination. These, and the three events identified in my last post, took Fort Wayne out of their comfort zone. Fort Wayne played a whale of a thirty-minute game. Problem is ... the game lasted thirty-six minutes.

As for Sean Sellers being the first to foul out ... it wasn't the loss it appeared to be. The thirty-one minutes that he did play were quality minutes. The scoreboard doesn't reflect that he contributed a dozen rebounds and a number of blocked shots. It doesn't reflect that a number of Fort Wayne's fouls were committed in effort to stop him from getting to the basket.

Remember ... that in the game of chess, pawns are most often employed to form a wall that will disallow the opponent to gain strategic advantage, and in the end, those pawns are often the casualties incurred in the winning outcome.
This is how the Fort Wayne newpaper danced around it....

http://www.fortwayne.com/apps/pbcs.dll/articl...

[An excerpt]

With Concordia Lutheran down three in the closing seconds of overtime, the Cadets desperately tried to get three-point specialist Austin Harris open for a look. But Greensburg obviously scouted well and smothered Harris, not allowing him to get even a hint at an open shot. Harris finished with just three points on a three-pointer in the second quarter. He did not have a single shot attempt after halftime.

As Greensburg continued to make run after run in the second half in an attempt to jump ahead, Concordia answered each with big plays of its own. The strength in the Cadets not to back down and be able to handle adversity is not just a testament to the senior leadership, but also the quality of competition Concordia faced in the regular season. The Summit Athletic Conference was as balanced and competitive as it has been in years, with tests coming every Friday night. Going toe-to-toe with the likes of Northop, Bishop Luers and North Side made matching up with the Pirates on Saturday much easier and less stressful than it would have been with an easy league slate.

Senior Brian Gremaux and D.J. McCall battled foul trouble all night Saturday, forcing the two out of the contest in key situations that negatively affected the Cadets.[...] McCall picked up his second foul late in the first quarter and did not play at all in the second quarter.[...] Once Gremaux fouled out in the fourth quarter, Greensburg was able to attack the basket at will.

[End of excerpt]

Concordia answered each Greensburg run?

I recall that Fort Wayne had ten-point halftime lead. It means that for Greensburg to have forced an overtime, Fort Wayne DIDN'T answer Greensburg's every run. And yes, the article's first and last paragraph (above) is a testimony of Greensburg's challenge to Fort Wayne's strengths.
spring 2012

United States

#11 Mar 25, 2013
Congrats
Nobody Important

Greenwood, IN

#12 Mar 26, 2013
A thought occurs to me.

The length of a college and professional basketball court is ten feet longer than a high school court. That's five extra feet on each end of the court.

It seems to me that at high school level, extra length would favor the defense in a running game. In the span of one team (offense) moving the ball downcourt, the other team (defense) has that extra few feet to recover whereas on a shorter court, the offense will shoot the ball a second or two earlier.

Do you think the extra length favored Fort Wayne's or Greensburg's play?
GB Fan

New Castle, IN

#13 Mar 27, 2013
Nobody Important wrote:
A thought occurs to me.
The length of a college and professional basketball court is ten feet longer than a high school court. That's five extra feet on each end of the court.
It seems to me that at high school level, extra length would favor the defense in a running game. In the span of one team (offense) moving the ball downcourt, the other team (defense) has that extra few feet to recover whereas on a shorter court, the offense will shoot the ball a second or two earlier.
Do you think the extra length favored Fort Wayne's or Greensburg's play?
The court Saturday night was high school regulation (84 feet long).

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