Wave drops Senior Night overtime game to Piqua

I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group of guys ... Coach Matt Hamilton

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Ty House interviews GHS seniors prior to Senior Night game with Piqua. (L-R) Ryan Staver, House, Chace Drew, Jack Chick, De-Angelo Branson, and TJ Barr. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave dropped a 47-40 senior night overtime MVL matchup with the visiting Piqua Indians.

Greenville senior, Chace Drew gets set to return to the Senior Night game with Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville honored five senior players before the start of the senior night game: No. 0, Jack Chick; No.13, De-Angelo Branson; No. 21, TJ Barr; No. 24, Ryan Staver; and No. 40, Chace Drew.

The Green Wave also honored five varsity cheerleaders: Skylar Bryson, Kaitlyn Byrum, Emma Erisman, Cali Harter, and Kailyn Stall. Senior Green Wave Mean Greenie, Evan Manix was also recognized.

Green Wave senior, TJ Barr defends in Senior Night matchup with Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

“We talk a lot about character and who we are,” said Greenville coach, Matt Hamilton. “I just hate to lose that game for them, we should have it. They did what has been asked of them. It’s a class that has not had a lot of wins in their time here but here we are next to the last game of their senior year and they’re still going to the very end.”

Greenville senior, Jack Chick drives to the basket in Senior Night home game with Piqua Indians. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Piqua took the opening period 13-4 as the Wave struggled to get the ball to fall in the opening eight minutes of the night.

Greenville junior, Drew Hamilton found his touch knocking down 10 second-quarter points to lead the Wave to a 14-10 second-quarter sending the teams to the break with Piqua holding a 23-18 advantage.

Greenville senior, Ryan Staver takes up defensive stance in Senior Night game with Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

The Wave defense locked down in third-quarter action holding the Indians to five points while adding eight points to the board to trail 28-26 with one quarter to play.

Greenville took advantage of a 9-2 run in the opening two minutes of the fourth quarter to lead 35-30 only to have Piqua battle back to knot the score at 36-36 with 1:24 showing on the fourth quarter board where the score would stand as time run out sending the game to an overtime period.

GHS senior, De-Angelo Branson on Senior Night vs Piqua. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

A Piqua 3-pointer put the Indians up 39-36 forcing the Wave to foul with time running down. The Indians went 6-10 at the overtime free throw line while Greenville was 2-4 in the overtime period.

“I just told them it hurts to lose like that but I wouldn’t want to do it with any other group of guys,” Coach Hamilton concluded.

Hamilton led Greenville with 13 points.

BOXSCORE:

PIQUA – T. Kuhlman 15, J. Hancock 8, Z. Allen 8, M. Anderson 6, I. Martin 5, J. Weber 5 – TOTALS 12 11-21 5 47

GREENVILLE – D. Hamilton 13, C. Drew 7, L. Hocker 6, C. Good 6, J. Chick 4, TJ Barr 3, R. Stover 1 – TOTALS 7 11-20  5 40

3-POINTERS

Piqua 5 (T. Kuhlman 2, Z. Allen 2, M. Anderson 1)

Greenville 5 (L. Hocker 2, C. Good 2, D. Hamilton 1)

SCORE by QUARTERS

13-10-05-08-11 47 Piqua

04-14-08-10-04 40 Greenville