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High School Boys' Basketball
PIAA District 3A quarterfinal
Greenwood 54, Millersburg 45

Greenwood pulls off
upset of Millersburg

Millersburg’s Matt Snyder  deflects the ball away from Greenwood’s Aaron Morder. (Sentinel photo by Ron Schmick)

In their first meeting earlier this month, the Millersburg Indians held off a late Greenwood rally to defeat the Wildcats on their home floor, 58-54.

The Wildcats (10th seed) would seek revenge on the Indians (second seed) when the two met Feb. 19 in the quarterfinal round of the PIAA District 3 Class A playoffs. A slow start for the Tribe would prove to be its Achilles heel in the end, as the Wildcats pulled off the upset, 54-45, on the Tribe’s home court.

Greenwood opened up the first eight minutes with high intensity on the defensive end of the floor and forced the Indians into low-percentage looks. The Wildcats also keyed in on Christian Wingard, one of the Tribe’s most versatile scorers.

Seth Ferguson caught heat for the Wildcat offense, knocking down a pair of mid-range buckets. Kevin Sheaffer and Noah Wright joined Ferguson in the scorebooks as the Greenwood offense jumped out to an early lead.

The Indians were able to bounce back with a low-post bucket from 1,000 point scorer Christian Keiter. Matt Snyder cashed in a bucket for the Tribe, but it was Greenwood who would take the opening frame. The Wildcats outscored the Indians 16-11 through the first eight minutes.

Greenwood’s scoring would slow down in the second, thanks to the Indians adjusting on the defensive end of the floor and applying tight pressure. Wingard and Paeton Warfel began frustrating the Wildcats and Keiter would knock down another short-range shot to give the Indians some momentum.

But it was Ferguson who continued to have his way. Luke Gorman found Ferguson for another bucket and the Wildcat offense began to increase its lead, one score at a time. When the second quarter was nearing an end, Greenwood held a 29-19 lead after outscoring the Tribe by five points in the second quarter.

Todd Wingard’s team would respond after the break, holding the Greenwood offense to single digits in the third quarter. Wingard found Keiter for another bucket and Snyder grabbed a rebound and put it right back up for another Indian score.

The Indians began chipping after at the lead, and pulled themselves within two possessions. The Wildcat offense appeared flustered and out of sync as the Indians stole the third quarter and the game’s momentum. The Tribe outscored Greenwood 13-9 in the third frame, and trailed by just six points heading into the fourth and final quarter.

The Wildcats would regain composure and began slowing down their offense to create high-percentage looks. Ferguson forced his way to the foul line and knocked down both freebies. Sheaffer knocked down two from the charity stripe as well, and the Wildcats grew their lead.

Keiter once again answered the call for the Tribe from the post. The Wildcats struggled from the foul line, but knocked down crucial free throws when they needed them the most. Greenwood over-doubled the Indians on trips to the charity stripe. The Wildcats took 33 shots from the stripe, while the Indians visited the same stripe just 16 times.

Ferguson’s 19 points led the way for the Wildcats. Keiter scored a game-high 20 for the Indians while Snyder (14) and Wingard (six) combined for 20 points for the Tribe.

Beyond the scoreboard. After starting the season 2-3, the Indians stormed into the playoffs with a first round bye by winning 15 of their final 19 previous games. At one point, the Tribe won nine straight games and finished with a 10-5 Tri-Valley League record.

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