GREENVILLE 66, LOWELL 47
Lowell 8 13 13 13 — 47
Greenville 15 14 21 16 — 66
LOWELL (6-10) — Potter 1 0-0 2, Malling 3 0-0 8, Massey 1 2-2 4, Rogers 0 1-2 1, Boelens 3 0-0 6, Roerig 5 6-6 17, Noskey 3 1-2 7, Bigham 1 0-0 2. Totals: 17 10-16 47. Three-point goals: Malling 2, Roerig. Total fouls: 12. Fouled out: none.
GREENVILLE (18-0) — Davis 5 0-0 11, Crebessa 2 3-3 9, Lindeman 1 0-0 3, Somerfield 6 7-10 19, Boehm 1 0-0 2, Mickey 4 0-0 8, Playford 1 0-0 2, Krusniak 6 0-0 12. Totals: 26 10-13 66. Three-point goals: Davis, Crebessa 2, Lindeman. Total fouls: 15. Fouled out: none.
GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys basketball team put on a show in its final home game of the season.
Despite a slow start, the Yellow Jackets gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about with its athletic display both offensively and defensively on Friday night.
In front of a packed gymnasium on senior night, the Yellow Jackets used two large second-half runs to open up the game and cruise to a 66-47 victory over the Lowell Red Arrows.
“We got off to a slow start,” Greenville senior Peter Lindeman said. “We knew we were the better team. If we just play our game the shots will start falling and we would get in a groove.”
The Yellow Jackets (18-0, 9-0) led 15-8 after the first quarter and 29-21 at halftime. Even though the lead was near double-digits it seemed like the Red Arrows were hanging around most of the night.
Greenville tried to change that with an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter. All eight points were scored in just 46 seconds and keyed by senior Aaron Crebessa’s four-point play.
“We’ve been doing it all year,” Crebessa said. “It’s just the adrenaline and the crowd helped us out tonight. It was our last game here and we wanted to leave it all out on the court.”
The 8-0 run gave Greenville a 43-28 advantage. They led 50-34 after three quarters.
“We were trying to wear them down. They slowed us down with the 2-3 zone,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “In the third and fourth quarter we said we were going to attack this using our athleticism and it worked.”
The Greenville defense was the key to blowing open the game in the fourth quarter. Greenville led 50-38 when they went on another huge run, this time a 14-0 run.
Several steals and quick outlets led to easy layups and dunks including a crowd rising two-hand putback slam by Austin Somerfield. Torrey Davis followed that up with an acrobatic shot for a 64-38 lead and a Lowell timeout.
“In the open court, I dare to say, we can run with the best of them,” Haist said. “It really started with halfcourt defense a few times. Good rotations turned into steals and easy baskets at the other end.”
Somerfield led the Yellow Jackets with 19 points. Greg Krusniak added 12 points and Davis added 11 points.
Lowell was led by Alec Roerig with 17 points.
Last week’s win over GR Christian clinched a share of the O-K White Conference. Friday’s win over Lowell secured the league title all for themselves.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Lindeman said “I’m a role player, but all year it’s been so much fun being able to contribute to something big. To be a part of something Greenville hasn’t seen in a while has been a lot of fun.”
Lowell fell to 6-10 overall and 3-6 in the league.
The Yellow Jackets close out conference play Friday at Northview. Greenville will also see the Wildcats in the first round of districts on March 5.