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Boys basketball: Pirates hold off late Madison rally

Feb. 9—GREENSBURG — The Pirates built a 9-point lead over Madison heading to the fourth quarter Thursday. The Cubs mounted a comeback, closing to within one point before the Pirates closed out the 57-53 win at the free throw line.

Greensburg improves to 14-6 on the season. Madison drops to 6-13.

Madison opened the game with a 17-8 lead after the first quarter. Greensburg answered in the second quarter, outscoring the Cubs 22-12 to lead 30-29 at the half. The Pirates extended the lead to 43-34 at the end of three quarters.

After Madison clawed back into the game late in the fourth quarter, Greensburg seniors Drew Busick and Addison Barnes-Pettit both hit a pair of free throws to close out the 2-point victory.

Barnes-Pettit scored 18 points to lead all scorers. Busick scored 12 points and Bradley Lutz scored 10 points. Jack McKinsey finished with nine points. Reece Beaver and Justin Adkins both had four points.

The Pirates return to action at home against Seymour (14-4) Tuesday.

Rushville at Batesville

BATESVILLE — On the road at Batesville, the Lions won the first and third quarters, but the Bulldogs owned the second and fourth quarter to post the 44-36 victory.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in the EIAC. Rushville drops to 3-16 overall and 0-7 in the EIAC.

The Lions lead after one quarter 10-7. In the second quarter, Batesville doubled up the Lions 12-6 to lead 19-16 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Lions cut the deficit to 27-26 with just eight minutes to play. Batesville outscored the Lions 17-10 in the fourth quarter to lock down the win.

For the game, both teams shot 40 percent from the field. The Bulldogs hit 6-of-17 3-pointers while the Lions were 0-of-6 from beyond the arc.

Free throws were also a factor with Batesville connecting on 10-of-14 and the Lions hitting 4-of-6.

Rushville was solid in the paint, outscoring Batesville 30-16. The Lions also won the rebounding battle 27-15. Batesville forced 17 turnovers while turning the ball over to Rushville 11 times.

Sam Johnson led the Bulldogs with 20 points. Cade Kaiser score eight points. Gus Prickel and Brayden Maple both scored seven points. Jack Grunkemeyer scored two points.

Johnson grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Trenten Luers, Prickel and Maple all had two assists.

Rushville had six players in the scoring column. Adrian Apodaca led the Lions with eight points. Quentin Cain added seven points. Malaki Knight and Owen Zachery both scored six points. Nick Jarman had five points and Keegan Bowles had four points.

Jarman and Apodaca both had six rebounds. Bowles dished out a team-high four assists.

Contact Aaron Kirchoff at aaron.kirchoff@greensburgdailynews.com.