Greenville boys earn double digit win over Fairborn

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Greenville head boys varsity basketball coach, Matt Hamilton encourages his Green Wave players in MVL home win over Fairborn Skyhawks. (Chris Norris photo)

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave took advantage of a strong second half to earn a double-digit 55-45 MVL win over the visiting Fairborn Skyhawks. Fairborn brought a respectable 3-3 record to town with wins over Stebbins, Piqua, and Sidney before falling to the Wave.

Green Wave stage crew cheers on Owen McGreevey as he score two of his 15 points in win over Fairborn. (Chris Norris photo)

“The guys continue to work hard every day despite the record or scoreboard,” said Greenville coach, Matt Hamilton. “They laugh at me of all my quotes, but I keep telling them you will ‘win or learn’ and they have bought into that, and they don’t quit.”

“It was great to see them put four quarters together,” Hamilton continued. “We have guys really starting to embrace their role on how they can most help the team.”

Fairborn jumped out to a 14-10 lead after one period of play with Greenville getting six Drew Hamilton points to lead the Wave.

Drew Hamilton scores 2 of his 18 points in MVL win over Fairborn Skyhawks. (Chris Norris photo)

Greenville and the Skyhawks played to a 14-14 standoff in period No. 2 with Chase Drew pacing the Wave with eight second-quarter points sending the teams to the break with Fairborn holding a 28-24 lead.

Chase Drew scores 2 of his 13 Greenville points in Wave win over Fairborn. (Chris Norris photo)

The Wave took advantage of the charity stripe to win the second half going 7-11 at the third quarter line outscoring the visitors 12-8 sending the game to the fourth quarter knotted at 36-36. Layne Hocker led Greenville’s third with the Wave’s lone 3-pointer of the night and 2-2 at the line good for five points.

Jack Chick wins the opening tipoff in Greenville win over visiting Fairborn Skyhawks. (Chris Norris photo)

The home-standing Green Wave put it together at both ends of the fourth quarter court outscoring Fairborn 19-9 paced by Owen McGreevey’s 10 points by way of four two-point baskets and two free throws to lead Greenville to an impressive 10-point Miami Valley League victory.

“We continue to focus on cutting turnovers drastically and the skills needed to do that, to rebound, and we have to get more points on the board, and tonight we did that.” Hamilton stated. “That was one step, I told them afterwards to enjoy this feeling, and now to chase after more of it. Make the sacrifices needed to earn wins, they never come easy.”

Fairborn 6’4” sophomore Achiel Dunwiddie led all scorers with a game-high 26 points while Greenville was getting balanced scoring with three players hitting double figures; Drew Hamilton 18, Owen McGreevey 15 and 13 points from Chase Drew.

BOXSCORE:

GREENVILLE – D. Hamilton 18, O. McGreevey 15, C. Drew 13, L. Hocker 5, J. Chick 4 – TOTALS 18 16-23 1 55

FAIRBORN – A. Dunwiddie 26, W. Perry 6, J. Larson 4, T. Williams 4, S. Townsend 3, JT Smith 2 – TOTALS 16 1-2 4 45

3-POINTERS

Greenville 1 (L. Hocker 1)

Fairborn 4 (A. Dunwiddie 2, W. Perry 2)

SCORE by QUARTERS

10-14-12-19 55 Greenville

14-14-08-09 45 Fairborn