Three bad minutes of basketball doomed the Indian Creek boys basketball team Friday night.
Class 3A No. 1 Greensburg opened the game on an 11-0 run and then hit its free throws late to defeat the host Braves 77-62.
The Pirates (9-0), who entered the game with an average margin of victory of 30 points, knocked down their first five shots and led by as many as 13 in the first quarter.
Indian Creek finally settled into the game, scoring their first points with 4:37 to play in the period. They sliced the margin to nine when Brett DeHart drilled a shot from just inside half-court as the quarter ended.
The Braves (6-2) continued to work the margin down and got within four at 32-28 on a driving layup by Cameron Smith with 1:50 left before halftime. Greensburg closed the half on a 5-0 run, though, and led 37-28 at the break.
In the third quarter, Indian Creek twice cut the lead to three but could never get closer. The Pirates hit 9 of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter as they pulled away.
Braves coach Derek Perry said he wanted Indian Creek to match Greensburg’s pace.
“Our game plan was to go inside and take it to them, not settle for the outside shot,” he said. “And we did that.”
He said the Braves had grown since their Dec. 14 loss to Martinsville.
“We weren’t aggressive in the second half of the Martinsville game. We learned something from that and carried it over to tonight by playing four full quarters,” Perry said. “I’m just totally proud of our kids. They gave it their all but just couldn’t get over the hump.”
Sean Sellers had a huge game for the Pirates. The 6-foot-7 junior poured in 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and helped to foul out two Braves players.
Perry said Sellers was the difference in the game.
Matthew Wray, who guarded Sellers most of the night, fouled out with 5:00 remaining in the game. Kyler Schrougham, who also matched up against Sellers, fouled out, as well.
Cameron Smith scored 20 points to lead the Braves. Austin Smith added 14 points and five rebounds, Wray had 11 points, and DeHart added 10.
Indian Creek hit 24 of 53 field goals (45 percent), turned the ball over 12 times and grabbed 26 rebounds to match Greensburg’s total.
Joining Sellers in double figures for the Pirates were Bryant McIntosh with 16 points and Ryan Welage with 10. Greensburg hit 51 percent of their shots (24 of 47) and turned the ball over just six times for the game.
Indian Creek returns to Mid-Hoosier Conference play at noon Thursday when it faces South Decatur at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.