Greenville falls to Butler Aviators

Green Wave play improves in single digit loss to Vandalia-Butler

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Eric Brenner hits a 3-pointer to lead Greenville in scoring in MVL matchup with Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave hosted the Butler Aviators in a Tuesday night MVL matchup in a game the visitors would win by a 50-41 score with the difference coming at the free throw line.

“We never quit,” said Greenville coach, Matt Hamilton. “We got down and we kept fighting. We have to continue to learn and gain that experience.”

Tristen Vandervort gave Butler an early 3-0 lead canning a 3-pointer with Greenville getting back-to-back triples from Eric Brenner and Jarrod DeMange to give the Wave a 6-3 advantage at 5:12 in the first. The Aviators used an 8-3 scoring run to close out first quarter play to lead 11-9 after one period of play.

Jarrod DeMange cans one of his two treys in Tuesday night home game with Aviators. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

A DeMange 2 point basket followed by a DeMange triple with 4:30 on the second quarter board gave Greenville a 14-13 lead at 4:38 in the second quarter of action. The visitors took advantage of a 9-0 run to close out first half play taking a 22-14 lead at the break.

“For some of these guys just overall experience, playing together just to know what it takes to make a defensive stand when we need it, calm down, get a good offensive possession when we need a bucket,” Hamilton stated. “We’re not quite there yet.”

Period No. 3 had Butler gaining a point on the board taking the quarter 16-15 and a 38-29 advantage to the fourth quarter. Haiden Livingston paced the Wave in third quarter play with 7 points including a 3-pointer.

Haiden Livingston launches a trey for the Green Wave in MVL game with Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The two MVL teams played to a matching 12-12 fourth quarter score giving Butler a 9 point conference win.

“Never a night off (playing in the MVL),” Hamilton noted. “What we want everybody to start to know is that they better come to play when they play Greenville because we’re going to be ready every night.”

Drew Hamilton drives to the basket for a Greenville score in matchup with Vandalia-Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Livingston led Greenville with 13-points, all coming in the second half while Vandervort was leading Butler with 13 points. Butler was 9-18 at the charity stripe for 50 percent shooting. GHS went 2-8 at the line for 25 percent accuracy.

BOXSCORE:

BUTLER 50, GREENVILLE 41

BUTLER – T. Vandervort 13, AJ Holderman 10, D. Oliver 9, E. Ables 6, D. Motter 6, D. Collins 4, Wright 2 – TOTALS 16 9-18 3 50

GREENVILLE – H. Livingston 13, D. Hamilton 8, J. DeMange 8, E. Brenner 6, C. Drew 4, E. Massie 2 – TOTALS 12 2-5 5 41

3-POINTERS

Butler 3 (AJ Holderman 2, Vandervort 1)

Greenville 5 (J. DeMange 2, Brenner 2, Livingston 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

11-11-16 12 50 Butler

09-05-15-12 41 Greenville

Greenville’s Chase Drew battles for offensive position in Tuesday night home game with Butler. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Jack Chick saves a Greenville ball from going out of bounds in MVL game with Aviators. (Gaylen Blosser photo)