Wave boys basketball drops MVL game to Xenia

Ultimately we have to put the ball in the hole ... Coach Matt Hamilton

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Chase Drew knocks down one of his six made free-throws in MVL matchup with Xenia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave dropped a Tuesday night home game to the visiting Xenia Buccaneers 66-46 in conference play.

Drew Hamilton drives the the Greenville basket for a score in home game with Xenia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“Ultimately we have to put the ball in the hole,” said Greenville coach, Matt Hamilton. “We have to put both ends of the floor together, momentum, confidence.”

Liam Jasenski launches a three in Tuesday night MVL game with Xenia Buccaneers. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The two struggling MVL teams came into the night with identical 3-13 records on the 2023-2024 season.

Xenia took the first quarter 13-9 and opened up a double-digit lead at the break taking period No. 2 by a 16-7 score giving the Buccaneers ownership of a 29-16 halftime advantage.

“We go on dry spells and it becomes long possessions when you haven’t put the ball in the hole,” Hamilton noted. “Momentum shifts and we don’t handle that well. We’re not going to win any games putting up thirty-some points,”

Greenville’s De-Angelo Branson scores for the Wave in home MVL game with Xenia. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The visitors were nine better in the third 22-13 sending the game to the final period of play with Xenia up 51-29.

Greenville won the fourth quarter 17-15 in falling to the Buccaneers 66-46 in MVL play.

BOXSCORE:

XENIA – A. Withers 15, C. Jenkins 11, T. Henry 10, J. Underwood 9, G. McManus 8,  D. Withers 5, T. Ehrsam 4, E. Winegarner 3, C. Smith 1 – 16 7-13 9 66

GREENVILLE – C. Drew 11, D. Hamilton 10, L. Jasenski 9, D. Branson 4, R. Staver 4, L. Hocker 3, C. Good 3, O. McGreevey 2 – TOTALS 12 13-18 3 46

3-POINTERS

Xenia 9 (C. Jenkins 3, G. McManus 2, T. Henry 2, J. Underwood 1, D. Withers 1)

Greenville 3 (L. Jasenski 1, C. Good 1, C. Drew 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

13-16-22-15 66 Xenia

09-07-13-17 46 Greenville