VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers used a first half 29-10 score to coast to a 71-51 non-conference win over the Green Wave with the second half going to Versailles by a single point; 42-41.
The Tigers jumped out to an 11-0 first quarter lead before the Wave would get on the board with the teams closing out the opening period with Versailles up 19-6. Justin Ahrens paced the Tigers with 10 points including two 3-pointers.
Period No. 2 went to the Tigers by a 10-4 count sending the teams to the break with Versailles holding a 29-10 advantage.
“We had too many turnovers,” said Greenville coach Kyle Joseph. “They scored a ton in the first half off our turnovers. We got exact same looks in the first half that we got in the second half – we just couldn’t get one to fall around the rim in the first half.”
The teams played even in the third period with both squads putting 23 points on the board. Greenville’s points come from three players; junior Noah Walker’s eight points including two triples, sophomore Marcus Wood with eight including 2-2 at the line and Will Coomer’s seven points including a three.
Versailles’ had six Tigers in the third period scoring column led by Keaton McEldowney with seven including a 3-pointer, six Justin Ahrens points, AJ Ahrens with four points and Jones, Stammen and Richard each adding two points.
The fourth period went to Versailles by a point giving the Tigers a 71-51 win over the visiting Green Wave team.
“Just couldn’t quite put them away,” Versailles coach Travis Swank said. “Greenville kids played really hard tonight.”
“We are one of the youngest teams in the GWOC,” noted Coach Joseph. “We have a young group. A lot of them will be back. They are playing to get better for next year and the seniors too, they keep pushing their focus. They want to go out playing the right way to continue to set the tone for how we are going to play.”
“We have a couple sophomores that play a lot of minutes,” added Joseph. “We see them growing and not making the same mistakes they were the beginning of the year. They are a group that cares and they are going to keep working at it. They pick up coaching – so we will get it.”
Justin Ahrens led Versailles and all players with a game high 26 points.
VERSAILLES 71, GREENVILLE 51
TIGERS – J. Ahrens 26, K. McEldowney 17, AJ Ahrens 10, C. May 7, N. Richard 5, K. Jones 4, M. Stammen 2 – TOTALS 25 3-8 6 71
GREEN WAVE – W. Coomer 14, M. Wood 12, N. Walker 11, N. Vanhorn 11, K. Mills 3 – TOTALS 12 9-11 6 51
Versailles 6 (J. Ahrens 3, K. McEldowney 1, C. May 1, N. Richard 1)
GREENVILLE 6 (N. Walker 3, W. Coomer 2, K. Mills 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
19-10-23-19 71 Versailles
06-04-23-18 51 Greenville
PHOTO CAPTION: Justin Ahrens looks on as Keaton McEldowney scores for Versailles in win over Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)