10-point run finishes off Greenwood


Greenwood #24 junior Jaren Hornbeak drives on Center Grove #20 junior Tyler Bryant. Center Grove vs Greewood boys basketball (Saba) Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in greenwood, Indiana. STAFF PHOTO BY JOE SABA

Center Grove’s boys basketball team might be on the verge of hitting its stride.

While that might not necessarily qualify as a Christmas present for Trojans coach Cliff Hawkins, his squad’s modest three-game winning streak at least has the makings of a decent stocking stuffer.

The Trojans improved to 5-3 overall with Friday night’s 70-51 victory against visiting Greenwood. It marked Center Grove’s 10th-consecutive conquest of its county rival, the most recent Woodmen triumph coming in February 2006.

Center Grove needed a strong second-half showing to turn away Greenwood, which had a 30-25 lead with 3:36 remaining before halftime. A 10-0 Trojans scoring run to close the quarter got the hosts on track, momentum they carried into the third with a 14-3 burst to open that period.

“Our guys finally focused on playing the game the way it should be played instead of trying to blow them out of the water. I thought our kids were prepared, but when they got out there and things didn’t unfold the way they wanted, it started to unfold,” said Hawkins.

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