Senior Tyler Billups scored 15 points and dished 4 assists and junior Beau Isaacs had 12 points and a game-high 6 rebounds as the hot-shooting Spartans defeated the Pirates, 59-27, in a game that was never close.
Grant Smith and Noah Belt scored 8 points apiece for Coach Kerry Brown’s club (Smith also had 5 assists and 3 boards), which gained a big shot of momentum when Billups (6-9 FGs, 3-4 3-pointers) banked in a 3-pointer from midcourt at the end of the first quarter, giving CHS an 11-6 lead.
The Spartans (10-3, 3-0 EIAC) made four 3-pointers in the second quarter and led, 25-11 at the break.
Grant Smith scored 6 points in the third period — including an ally-oop jam off a Billups’ lob pass — as Connersville pushed the lead to 44-22 entering the final 8 minutes.
The Spartans’ defensive pressure never allowed Greensburg to get untracked, with the Pirates firing blanks all game. On the flip side, CHS shot 23-for-35 from the floor (65.7 percent), 7-of-11 from 3-point land (63.6 percent).
Dalton Huffman came off the bench to score 6 points and grab 5 rebounds for Connersville. Chandler Graves and Garrett Silcott both scored 4 points (Graves also snagged 4 rebounds) and Dalton Lee added a pair of free throws. Wes Smith and Braxton Revalee played but did not score.
Spencer Burkert scored 11 points to top the Pirates (7-5, 2-1 EIAC). The loss is Greensburg’s third straight, the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Pirates have lost three consecutive games.
The Spartans host Muncie Central (8-3) on Jan. 16.
Jan. 9 scores
Connersville area / games of interest
Connersville 59, Greensburg 27
Union County 69, Franklin County 51
McCutcheon 66, Richmond 44
Seton Catholic (Richmond) 69, Wes-Del 51
Columbus East 66, Shelbyville 57
Noblesville 60, Muncie Central 57
Greenfield-Central 55, Portage 40
North Decatur 57, Eastern Hancock 44
Wayne County Tournament
Northeastern 58, Hagerstown 52
Henry County Tournament
Tri 66, Blue River 60
Shenandoah 61, Knightstown 60
Ripley County Tournament
Jac-Cen-Del 47, Milan 34
South Ripley 74, Batesville 54
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