Jackets ready to advance into uncharted territory
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 11:46 am
With a 58-44 win over the host Peabody Golden Tide on Tuesday night, the Jackets earned a berth in both the District 14-A semifinals and the regional tournament.
While the Greenfield basketball roster is dotted with members of the school’s successful baseball program, not one current Jacket has ever played in a regional hoops game. The last time the Jackets advanced to the basketball regional was in 2005.
“We’re really proud of our guys. This is the first time they’ve taken this step since they’ve been here,” fifth-year Greenfield head coach Pete Angelos said. “We’ve got a great group of seniors. All they want to do is win.”
Peabody had the upper hand early, jumping passing lanes for fastbreak chances and a 13-10 lead after a quarter.
Greenfield still committed turnovers in the second quarter, but the Tide failed to convert. Five different Jackets scored in an 11-4 run to open the second stanza that put Greenfield in front, 21-17.
Heading into the third frame, the Jackets held a 25-20 lead. Wes Clark’s early trey bumped the gap to eight. Peabody sliced its deficit to four on an Adrian Buchanan layup with 2:43 to play in the third. Soon after Alex Roberts gave GHS breathing room with a trey.
Greenfield was ahead 39-34 with a quarter remaining. The Tide trimmed the gap to a half dozen on a Tyler Gadlin basket, but fouled on the play, he missed the free throw. As the Jacket fans’ excitement increased so did the team’s cushion. Graham Perkins scored on a driving layup and put in another hoop off a Clark pass for a 46-36 lead with just over 5 minutes left on the clock.
Peabody never got any closer than eight the rest of the way as the Jackets hit on 8-of-12 free throw tries to help gain the 58-44 win.
District 14-A Tournament