Greensburg edges Shelbyville in Battle of I-74

Submitted photoThe Shelbyville basketball team is introduced on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. 

INDIANAPOLIS — On a night where it was dark and gloomy outside of Bankers Life Fieldhouse, that was not the case inside where Greensburg and Shelbyville renewed their annual rivalry in the Battle of I-74.

Greensburg (10-2) picked the right time to get hot from the field, shooting an impressive 64 percent en route to a 74-68 win over Shelbyville (6-7).

The Pirates would waste no time in the first quarter making their presence felt, going on an 8-0 run led by senior Andrew Welage scoring five straight points, including a steal and a dunk early in the period. The Golden Bears responded right away with junior Mitch Yeend coming down and hitting a 3-pointer, but that was the closest the Golden Bears would get until late in the first half. 

The Pirates continued to play well in the second quarter as they would jump out to a 35-20 lead. The Golden Bears used a 6-0 run to make the score 39-26 heading to halftime.

The Golden Bears would attempt to chip away at the Pirates' lead in the third quarter. But whatever run Shelbyville would have, Greensburg would have an answer. Both teams went back-and-forth trading baskets until Greensburg hit back-to-back 3-pointers to make the score 51-35 in the middle of the third quarter.

Shelbyville was able to gain momentum late in the game as junior Layton Stieneker would get hot, hitting three 3-pointers in a row to cut the Pirates' lead to 69-57 with 1:43 left in the fourth quarter. But it was too little too late. 

"I felt like early on we did not do very well," Shelbyville head coach Ryan Mack said. "Greensburg is a great basketball team, offensively probably the best basketball team we'll play this year. I thought we fought back in the second half, but you have to be perfect against an excellent basketball team like that."

Welage finished with a game-high 24 points for Greensburg. Senior Luke Asher led Shelbyville with 16 points, while Stieneker and junior TJ Sherwood both added 11 points.

Shelbyville will have a quick turnaround as the team will travel to Columbus Tuesday night for a date with Columbus East.

Justin Powell is a Sports intern for The Shelbyville News. Follow Justin on Twitter @Justin_Powell24.