Playing on the road is challenging enough. Throw in the top-ranked, undefeated defending state champion, and the challenge becomes more daunting.
Indian Creek found itself in that position Friday, dropping its fifth straight game in a 78-42 defeat to Greensburg (10-0), the defending Class 3A state champion and current No. 1 team in that class.
The Braves had some positives, getting a team-high 23 points from sophomore Cameron Smith and trailing just 12-10 four minutes into the game.
But Greensburg, which has just two losses since the start of the 2011-2012 season and now owns a 25-game winning streak, was just too strong, finishing the first half with a 30-16 run to take a 42-26 halftime lead.
Greensburg senior Sean Sellers scored 18 of his team-high 22 points in the first half. Junior Ryan Welage had 13 points and 12 rebounds. And seniors Macy Holdsworth and Bryant McIntosh each scored 15 points.
Sellers set the tone early by scoring the first two buckets of the game, the first on an offensive rebound put-back. He also had two dunks in the first quarter, the first on an alley-oop, and an offensive rebound put-back right before the buzzer to finish the quarter with 10 points and help Greensburg to a 19-10 lead.
The Pirates outrebounded Indian Creek 34-15, made 21 of 25 free throws and hit 9 of 20 3-pointers. And their transition offense worked well.
They opened the third quarter with a 12-0 run, getting two spot-up 3-pointers in transition, to take a 54-26 lead midway through the third.
Indian Creek struggled in the second half, getting outscored 36-16. Its 42 points tied for the lowest offense point total this season. And the Pirates’ 78 points was the most the Braves have given up this season.