South Carroll senior Aidan Greaney filled up the stat sheet and scored a game-high 16 points, but it was his extra effort under the basket in the final second of the first quarter that helped the visiting Cavaliers gain complete control and cruise to a 68-44 victory Wednesday night over Manchester Valley.
With players draped all over him, Greaney sank a layup at the buzzer for a 16-11 SC lead at the end of the first frame.
It ignited a 16-0 run for South Carroll (3-0, 3-0 in the Carroll County Athletic League) and an insurmountable 35-13 lead at halftime. Greaney finished with eight rebounds, six steals and five assists, but his work in the first quarter in the paint was key when he scored eight points while the Cavaliers were blanked from beyond the 3-point arc.
“We just had to stop shooting 3′s all the time and just get a bucket,” said Greaney, who was moved from guard last year to forward.
“He had a great game,” said South Carroll coach Jim Carnes. “Greaney is solid, he’s got a knack of being around the ball, he gets a lot of steals, a lot of rebounds.”
The Cavaliers’ perimeter shooting drought dissipated in the second quarter when they drained five 3-pointers. Karson Pavlik (13 points) made a pair and Greaney, Chase Fowble, and Caleb Eddins made one each.
The Cavaliers also forced eight Manchester Valley turnovers in the second quarter.
“Defensively, we made some big plays, that’s what opened the spread up,” Carnes said. “We got some steals off half-court traps.”
“We got rattled a little bit and they picked up their intensity some and they shot the ball pretty well,” Manchester Valley coach Chris Wunder said. “We did not respond well to adversity in that second quarter and they went on that run and we had no answers.”
The Mavericks didn’t make a field goal in the second quarter and the only points were on free throws by Zach Bowen that broke a scoreless drought of 6:16.
Bowen (team-high eight points) had a solid first quarter with four points, four rebounds, and an assist to keep the game close. Both teams got solid play from the bench in the second half.
“We’ve got a lot of depth. I’m not bothered putting anyone in,” Carnes said. “We’ve got guys two deep at every position. You never know who is going to be hot.”
“I was happy with how we responded in the second half with the way the score was,” Wunder said. “We didn’t give up, we played hard the entire game, so I was pleased with our effort and we are going to work to get better.”
South Carroll (68): Greaney 16, Pavlik 13, Maynard 10, Fowlble 9, Curtain 5, Scott 5, Boorer 3, Warehime 2, Eddins, 2, Keeley 2, Hurley 1
Manchester Valley (44): Bowen 8, Luddy 6, Imbraguglio 6, Montgomery 6, DeWees 4, Bubczyk 3, Klingenberg 3, Gregg 3, Murphy 2, Dukes 2, Petrick 1
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Halftime: SC, 35-17