By Rob Kiser
On to Troy.
That is the approach Piqua is taking after a tough 72-53 loss to Greenville Tuesday in GWOC American action.
The Indians dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in GWOC American play, while Greenville improved to 3-1 and 3-0, setting a matchup of American unbeatens at Sidney Friday.
At the same time, Piqua will travel to Troy, 1-3 overall and in American play, coming off a 70-56 loss to Tippecanoe Tuesday.
“We are going to get a win over the Trojans and get the ship righted before the holiday tournament,” Piqua coach Heath Butler said. “That is the focus now.”
The Indians got down by double digits in the second quarter against Greenville. Piqua stayed within 10 in second and third quarters, but Greenville pulled away in the fourth quarter.
Piqua was playing without double-figure scorer and leading rebounder in 6-foot-3 Nate Monnin, who had the flu.
“It does (leave a big hole),” Butler said. “But, at the same time other guys have to step up.”
Turnovers were again a problem for Piqua, while Greenville’s duo of Isaiah Gable and Aaron Rich combined for 48 points.
While Piqua turned the ball over on its first four possessions, Gable had 23 points and 17 rebounds, while Rich was a perfect 10-for-10 from the floor in scoring 20 points.
“You can’t do that (start with four turnovers) against good teams,” Butler said. “We struggled at the start of quarters. The good thing is the kids battled all night. That is the sign of a good team. You are going to have off nights.”
Devin Hendrix added 10 points for the Wave.
Devon Brown led the Indians with 15 points and six rebounds, while Ben Schmiesing had 13 points and eight rebounds.
“Devon (Brown) had a good night,” Butler said. “The biggest thing is we just didn’t do a good job of passing and catching the ball. That (20) is a lot of turnovers. The thing was we played great defense. That is not easy to do when shots aren’t going in at the offensive end, but we did a good job on defense tonight.”
Piqua was 16 of 49 from the floor for 33 percent and 18 of 31 from the line for 58 percent.
Greenville was 27 of 71 from the floor for 38 percent and 14 of 18 from the line for 78 percent.
The Wave won the battle of the boards 41-29 and had 15 turnovers to Piqua’s 20.
Now, Piqua looks head into Christmas with a win, but it won’t come easy.
Paul Bremigan is in his second year as Troy coach.
The Trojans have a balanced attack.
Zach Reichelberger, a 6-4 junior, averages 12.3 points and 6.3 rebounds, while 6-1 senior Ryan McClurg scores 12.3 points as well. 6-2 senior Hayden Kotwica, a 6-2 senior who quarterback the Trojans in the fall, averages 11.3.
“They are a little more balanced this year, not relying on one player as much,” Butler said. “They are playing a little more uptempo. They are doing a lot of the stuff he did at Russia. They are using a lot of ball screens and UCLA screens, the type of things you would see at Russia.”
Piqua counters with Monnin, who averages 10 points and 8.5 rebounds, and 6-1 junior Ben Schmiesing, who averages 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.
“We knew this was going to be a tough week,” Butler said. “Going Tuesday, Friday. We got iced out Saturday and there is some sharing of the gym. So, we have to be efficient with our time.”
And Butler said the biggest key is one thing.
“I don’t think it is scoring,” Butler said. “I just think we have to pass and catch the basketball and we haven’t been doing that.”
And he knows a win over Troy would make for a nice Christmas.
“It would be huge,” he said.
And that where the focus is — because Tuesday’s loss is behind them.
Devin Hendrix 4-2-10, Trae Wood 1-0-3, Peter Pandey 2-0-5, Aaron Rich 10-0-20, Isaiah Gable 8-7-25, Marcus Wood 1-0-2, Kyle Phillips 0-2-2, Kyle Mills 0-0-0, Will Coomer 0-3-3, Jordan Preston 1-0-2, Daniel Harper 0-0-0, Noah Vanhorn 0-0-0, Noah Walker 0-0-0. Totals: 27-14-72.
Hunter Hawk 1-1-3, Xion Harrison 1-0-2, Hayden Schrubb 0-2-2, Gage Smith 3-0-8, Ben Schmiesing 3-6-13, Caleb Patton 3-0-6, Nick Rigola 0-0-0, JJ Rohrbach 1-0-2, Devon Brown 4-7-15, Cory Cotrell 0-2-2, Cam Ashton 0-0-0, Devin Fosler 0-0-0, Logan Copsey 0-0-0, Holden Yount 0-0-0. Totals: 16-18-53.
3-point field goals — Greenville: Trae Wood, Pandey, Gable (2). Piqua: Smith (2), Schmiesing.
Score By Quarters
Greenville 10 31 48 72
Piqua 6 21 38 53
Records: Greenville 3-1 (3-0), Piqua 1-4 (1-3).
Reserve score: Piqua 50, Greenville 23.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.