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Hauser can’t match defending 3A champ Greensburg

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HOPE — Hauser ran into a buzz saw Monday as highly-touted Greensburg, the defending state Class 3A champion, paid a visit and dominated play en route to a 96-38 victory.

The 3A No. 1-ranked Pirates (4-0) jumped out to a 10-0 lead and used their pressure defense and speed to create more than enough offense to run away from the smaller Jets (3-2).

The guests finished with five players with double-figure scoring, including senior Sean Sellers, who poured in 26 points and ripped down 10 rebounds.

The Jets, who were paced by Trey Shipley’s 11 points, were outmatched in most categories. The hosts had to deal with an opponent deep with experience and stacked in length, as the Pirates featured a roster with nine seniors and two players at 6-foot-8 and 6-6 to join with the 6-7 Sellers.

“Greensburg is an outstanding ball club,” Hauser coach Bob Nobbe said. “They made things difficult for us to try to attempt shots or execute. We struggled against their defense.”

After consecutive 3-pointers by Sellers and Collin Rigney put Greensburg ahead 10-0, the Jets finally scored when senior center Ryan Christy muscled his way inside the paint for a layup. A bucket by Zach Gearhart and another inside shot by Christy kept the hosts going, while Shipley’s lone 3-pointer of the contest closed out Hauser’s first-quarter scoring.

Unfortunately for the Jets, it fell short of matching the Pirates as they headed into the second quarter with a 25-9 lead and then tossed in another 29 points to build a 54-16 halftime advantage.

Christy scored all eight of his points in the first half, while Shipley had five.

With all but the final score pretty much decided by intermission, the Jets could have packed things up and looked ahead to their next battle.

But Nobbe’s crew refused to quit, attempting to push the tempo with the high-powered Pirates with a 16-point third quarter output. Unfortunately, Greensburg turned it up a notch offensively as well, scoring 32 points in the third quarter.

Back-to-back treys by Dalton McKinney and Zach Johnson highlighted the quarter for Hauser along with a six-point effort from Rory Thayer.

Greensburg thwarted the small run after Sellers completed an alley-oop dunk and Rigney converted a steal to push the lead to 67-24.

“I thought we played much better in the second half,” Nobbe said. “Better fundamentally, better in many aspects, and we got better looks at shooting the ball.”

Nobbe said there were also a few other positives to take from the lopsided loss, including what it will take to keep their focus and prepare for different situations.

“There are some good lessons for us to take from this,” Nobbe said. “Now hopefully we can use them in preparing for this weekend.”

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