Greensburg’s first round action in the SPIAA League Tournament Tuesday night was listed as Game 15.  The 41-36 loss to Bucklin, however, will likely be remembered by the Rangers in other terms—frustrating, lethargic, and futile are a few that come to mind.


   Greensburg’s first round action in the SPIAA League Tournament Tuesday night was listed as Game 15.  The 41-36 loss to Bucklin, however, will likely be remembered by the Rangers in other terms—frustrating, lethargic, and futile are a few that come to mind.
   Playing the Red Aces for the second time in four days, and again without junior forward Shane Engelken, there was no late game magic this time as provided in the come-from-behind two-point win GHS pulled out the previous Friday at Mullinville.
   There was good reason for the Rangers’ lowest point total of the season, as Dave White’s squad shot a chilly 31.1 percent (14 of 45) from the field and only six free throws for the entire game, each of which came in the first half.  Bucklin, meanwhile, shot 22 times from the stripe.
   Often enjoying three double-digit scorers in this season’s previous ten games, only two Rangers reached that plateau Tuesday.  Lane Allison led GHS with 14, gained mostly on his athletic moves to the rim.  Andrew Seiler added 11, but didn’t hit his lone three-point bucket until late in the game. 
   And while it hasn’t been uncommon for as many as eight Rangers to get into the scoring column, as was the case in the upset of Meade January 15, only four tallied points Tuesday…four.
   Leading by one at the break, Allison outscored the Aces six to one the first five minutes of the third quarter to stake Greensburg to a 25-19 lead.  From there, however, Bucklin began to chip away at the lead by consistently coming up with the offensive rebound off shots missing short, several of which were air balls. 
   “Some times the ball just bounces the wrong way repeatedly, and tonight was one of those times for us,” White said.  “I don’t know how many times they shot a ball that barely grazed the rim and came straight down into their hands.
    “At Meade the ball bounced off the rim the right way for us enough times to help us, but last night was the other way around.  That’s just what happens on some nights.”
   Allison scored all six of the Ranger’s third quarter points, no one else scoring in the second half until Dave Cesmat hit an eight-footer two minutes into the fourth.  The last time one Ranger accounted for all of the team’s offensive output in a quarter?  A year ago, when Logan Waters hit for all five of GHS’s second quarter points versus Meade.
   The loss leaves GHS at 9-2 and puts them into the Game 22 consolation match against Jetmore slated for 3:30 Friday afternoon.  Jetmore was beaten 60-44 by top-seeded South Gray in the late game Tuesday night.  Greensburg defeated Jetmore 58-47 January 8 in Jetmore.
    “Friday’s game against Jetmore should be a dog fight, because they played South Gray as well as any small school has this year,” White said.  “They were on, and if they’re on like that Friday it’s going to be tough.”