Pirates Set Sail For State

September 24, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgGreensburg students and faculty sent their team off to state with a pep rally Thursday.The Greensburg Pirates hope to become the first back to back state basketball champions in school history.They will battle the Bowman Academy Eagles, of Gary, for the Class 3A state title. Tipoff is 6 p.m. on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The Pirates won the 3A championship and Bowman Academy won the 2A title last year, making Saturday’s game the first time two defending champions will faceoff for the IHSAA 3A final.The 13-players that make up the Greensburg squad have spent the past week in anticipation of the game, while managing expectations and homework. The week prior to the state championship last year fell on spring break, while school has been in session this time around.On Wednesday night, some members of the team watched an NBA basketball game on television between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat. Less than 24 hours later, the Greensburg Pirates were practicing on the same court Lebron James was on the night before.Junior Ryan Welage said, “It is an honor just to be able to play on the same court!”The team returned home from Indianapolis on Thursday afternoon to a pep rally in the high school gym. Welage said the team enjoys the build up to the big game, but is taking their opponent seriously.“Watching a lot of film, our coaches have been doing a great job giving us a scouting report on every player,” Welage said. “[Bowman] plays a lot different than any other team we have faced before, so practice has been a lot different and it has been tough to prepare but the coaches have been doing great getting us ready for the game.”The Greensburg community has been hit hard by recent tragedy. Students and faculty have mourned the loss of two classmates within the past month. The players hope the success on the basketball court can bring some joy to a community that can certainly use it.“I think the basketball team has been a good rallying point for everyone. We have brought some good news to this town. I know there has been some bad stuff, but some good news around here is good,” senior Macy Holdsworth said.Greensburg High School Principal Phillip Chapple noted the each player on the team also makes good grades in class.Chapple said on Thursday, “My AP Calculus teacher said half of the students are out of class today at practice!”last_img read more

Meet Boeheim’s Army: Brandon Triche

September 16, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgA group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Brandon TricheTriche joins Boeheim’s Army for the first time this summer and will give some depth to a backcourt that mainly consisted of Eric Devendorf and Willie Deane in 2015. Triche started at shooting guard for Syracuse’s 2013 Final Four team, averaging 13.6 points and 3.6 assists in his senior season that year.He was named third-team All Big East in his final season, capping off a career that saw him start all 147 games he played in. Over his four-year career as a starter for the Orange, Triche averaged 10.6 points, three assists and 2.6 rebounds. After graduating, he signed a one-year deal with Aquila Basket Trento in the Italian Second Division. He played for the New York Knicks’ summer league team in 2014, but was unable to latch on in the NBA before joining Virtus Roma for the 2014-15 season.Triche was released in March 2015 and later tore his ACL and was unable to play in the 2015-16 season. Now that he’s healed and able to play for Boeheim’s Army this summer, he joins the squad as its second-youngest player behind 2014 SU graduates C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Meet Boeheim’s Army: Ryan BlackwellDarryl WatkinsWillie DeaneEric DevendorfRick JacksonTerrence RobertsBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Comments Published on July 16, 2016 at 9:59 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Related Stories On the rise: Triche strives for breakout junior season after showing flashes as sophomoreMeet Boeheim’s Army: Eric DevendorfMeet Boeheim’s Army: Terrence RobertsMeet Boeheim’s Army: Baye Moussa KeitaMeet Boeheim’s Army: Rick Jackson Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more