With the 2011 IHSAA Class 5A State champion football squad celebrated at halftime, the Carmel Greyhounds had given everybody in Indiana a reminder that it's difficult to defeat any Greyhounds squad under any circumstance. But when they are at home? It's a daunting task that seems near impossible.
Yet on Friday night, the Noblesville Millers were up to the challenge, battling back down 36-33 with 2:37 left in the third quarter to storm back to a 65-57t victory.
"I think we just made some plays," said Noblesville Head Coach David McCollough. "On the offensive end I think Philpott made some big shots, and so did Purvlicis in the second half. And defensively I think we were solid all night."
Millers Junior Sam Philpott led the way with a 23-point effort, which help mark the Millers fourth straight regular-season victory over the Greyhounds.
"The first three quarters we were just kind of getting comfortable," said Philpott. "With this kind of atmosphere, there were a lot of new players who weren't quite used to this. But at the same time, we just came out with energy. We knew they were going to bring it, so we just had to bring it ourselves."
Noblesville took the lead early in the fourth and the Greyhounds battled back, with Senior Ben Gardner leading the way with 19 points, but an offensive tip-in from Senior Daniel Purvlicis essentially buried the Greyhounds at 49-43 with 3:36 to go.
"This is one we should build on," said McCollough. "I am very happy for our kids, I'm proud of our kids. We had a great week, Monday-Thursday the preparation was really good. The kids were dialed in, and to come over here and get one, I've done this a long time now. To get one here, it was a lot of fun.