GREENVILLE – Greenville nearly picked up their first win of the season before dropping an 86-79 GWOC match-up with the visiting Piqua Indians.
“We did a better job of taking care of the ball,” said Greenville coach Kyle Joseph. “We did by far our best job of picking our spots. We always play hard and I think most people realize that.”
The Green Wave bolted out to a 17-5 advantage at 3:31 in the first quarter before settling on a 24-13 lead after one period of play.
Foster Cole paced the Wave in first quarter play with nine points including a 3-pointer and 2-2 at the line, Marcus Wood buried two triples for six points, Noah Walker added five points including a trey and 2-2 at the charity stripe and Tyler Beyke knocked down two baskets.
Greenville extended its lead to 15-points at 4:22 in the second quarter with the board showing a 35-20 Wave lead before Piqua used a late 17-9 run to close out first half play and trail Greenville 44-37 at the break.
“When we’re patient and move the ball side to side – we scored a much higher clip than we did after one or two passes. It’s become an eye opener for them. They see it and did by far the best job.”
Walker led the Wave with 10-second quarter points including two 3-pointers, Beyke hit four baskets for eight points and Wood went 2-2 at the line to round out Greenville scoring.
Greenville pushed its lead back to a 62-52 double digit lead at 3:19 in the third quarter only to have the Indians use a 12-1 run and a 27-point third to grab its first lead of the night with 0:19.8 on the clock sending the teams to the final period of play with the Wave trailing by a single point, 64-63.
“We got off to a very good start defensively,” noted Joseph. “When you’re in a position to score easily, sometimes that playing loose and having fun probably lost a little of that defensive focus.”
Walker accounted for 10-points including his fourth 3-pointer of the night, Beyke added four points, Cole 3-points and Nolan Curtis 2-points.
Trailing 80-77 with 0:33 to play in the fourth, Greenville was forced to send Piqua to the line where the Indians went 6-6 to earn the seven point win.
Beyke led Greenville with six fourth quarter points including 4-4 at the line, Cole added four points including 2-2 at the stripe and Reed Hanes, Jordan Dill and Walker each added a basket.
Piqua shot 87.5 percent at the line hitting 14-of-16 tossed. Greenville was 16-20 at the line good for 80 percent shooting. Beyke was a perfect 6-6 at the line for the Wave.
“We know that we’re not going to win many games when we give up 86,” Coach Joseph said of his team’s 79-points output. “We know we can’t give up 86 points or 41 to one guy.”
Qurri Tucker led Piqua and all scorers with a game high 41-points. Noah Walker paced Greenville with 27-points followed by Tyler Beyke with 22- points.
PIQUA 86, GREENVILLE 79
PIQUA – Q. Tucker 41, T. Richmond 14, Z. Tillman 12, M. Karn 11, Z. Lavoy 4, G. Schrubb 2, R. Hill 2 – TOTALS 30 14-16 4 86
GREENVILLE – N. Walker 27, T. Beyke 22, F. Cole 16, M. Wood 8, R. Hanes 2, J. Dill 2, N. Curtis 2 – TOTALS 21 16-20 7 79
Piqua 4 (Q. Tucker 4)
Greenville 7 (N. Walker 4, M. Wood 2, F. Cole 1)
SCORE by QUARTERS:
13-24-27-22 86 Piqua
24-20-19-16 79 Greenville
PHOTO CAPTION: Tyler Beyke goes to the rim for Greenville in GWOC game with Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)