GREENVILLE – Greenville dropped an 83-61 GWOC game to the visiting Tippecanoe Red Devils on senior night in Greenville but not before Noah Walker would set a new Green Wave single season three-point record.
“There were things we didn’t do very well but we always keep hustling out there,” said Greenville Coach Kyle Joseph. “You never feel like guys quit. Guys on the bench still cheering on their teammates all the way to the end and that’s as important as anything we can do.”
The 6’2” Walker drilled three 3-pointers giving the Wave junior 59 for the season besting the mark set by Isiah Gable, currently a freshman on the Southeast Missouri State University basketball team, a DI basketball program.
“It’s not just that he’s made a bunch, he’s shooting a high percentage too,” Coach Joseph said of Walker’s three point record. “We talk about ways we can get him open looks but they played great defense on him. We joke he’s better shooting out there from that volleyball line sometimes than what he is a nice open one at the line. He works really hard at it so that’s quite an accomplishment.”
Prior to the start of the game, GHS honored seniors Will Coomer, Ethan Emrick, Kyle Mills and Noah Vanhorn.
The Devils took period No. 1 by a 24-10 score with Walker hitting his first three of the night in the opening quarter tying Isaiah Gable’s mark of 57 GHS three pointers.
Kyle Mills scored seven points to lead the Wave in second quarter scoring with the visitors outscoring Greenville 16-12 to take a 40-22 advantage at the break.
Tippecanoe pushed its lead to 58-32 after three periods of play with Will Coomer and Marcus Wood each scoring five points for the Wave.
The Greenville boys took period No. 4 by a 29-25 score including Walkers second trey of the night to establish a new GHS boys basketball mark of 58 three pointers. Walker would hit a second triple of the quarter to go along with a three from both Coomer and Jordan Dill.
Walker led the Wave fourth with eight points, Wood tallied seven points, Vanhorn tossed in six points including 4-4 at the line, Coomer accounted for five with Dill rounding out the scoring with three points.
Wave sophomore point guard Marcus Wood led the Wave with 13 points on the night while the Red Devils’ Caiden Smith was leading all scorers with a game high 31 points.
Following the game, Coach Joseph took time to comment on each of his seniors.
“One of the first guys I met when I got here,” Coach Joseph said of Will Coomer. “A tremendously hard worker, a guy who is all in for Greenville basketball, for this program and has done a great job. Continues to get even better of being a leader and a mentor – not just to the varsity team but all the way up through the youth program. Appreciate so much what he has done.”
“Brings tremendous energy,” Joseph noted of Noah Vanhorn. “It was great to have him back. He was out with a knee injury – we were afraid he was going to be done for the year but he’s back. A guy who brings tremendous energy to our team. Supports his teammates at all times and gives us everything he has.”
Kyle Mills has been a pleasure to get to know,” Joseph said. “He has grown a ton from last year to this year and he knows the things he still has to work on. He’s a great kid. He’s a great baseball player and will help him a lot come baseball season.”
“Ethan (Emrick) is one that hasn’t played a ton for us but he’s still very valuable to our program,” stated Coach Joseph. “What he brings to practice every day and when he gets in the game bringing that energy to the floor.”
GREENVILLE 61, TIPPECANOE 83
GREEN WAVE – M. Wood 13, N. Walker 11, K. Mills 10, W. Coomer 10, N. Vanhorn 8, T. Beyke 6, J. Dill 3 – TOTALS 12 19-29 6 61
RED DEVILS – C. Smith 31, D. Hagen 15, C. Gingerich 10, Z. Losey 6, J. Wildermuth 5, T. Skaggs 5, N. Bledsoe 5, B. Sauls 3, P. Manes 2, H. Timmer 1 – TOTALS 22 21-29 6 83
Greenville 6 (N. Walker 3, W. Coomer 2, J. Dill 1)
Tippecanoe 6 (D. Hagen 3, C. Gingerich 1, J. Wildermuth 1, T. Skaggs 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
10-12-10-29 61 Greenville
24-16-18-25 83 Tippecanoe
PHOTO CAPTION: Noah Walker looks for an open shot for the Wave in game with Tippecanoe. (Gaylen Blosser photos)