By Josh Brown
TROY —How a young team deals with winning is just as, if not more, important than how it deals with losing.
Greenville taught the Troy Trojans that Friday night — the hard way.
The Trojans weren’t able to hold onto any of the momentum gained by defeating Fairborn three short nights ago, and in many ways went backwards — and the Green Wave helped them in that direction by putting them on their heels early and never letting up in a 65-38 Troy loss Friday night at the Trojan Activities Center.
“Not knowing how to bounce back after tasting a little bit of success,” Troy boys basketball coach Tim Miller said when asked the difference between the two games. “We win a big game Tuesday night, and then obviously we think everyone else is just supposed to roll over and play dead for us.
“Greenville came out, smacked us in the mouth, we took it and never recovered.”
The lesson couldn’t have come at a worse time for Troy, either — the game was the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division opener for both teams. The Trojans fall to 1-4, 0-1 in division play, while Greenville moves to 2-2 and 1-0.
“No games are a ‘gimme,’” Miller said. “We’ve got to learn that, in this league, you’ve got to come to play every night. And it all begins with how you prepare.”
And Greenville was more than prepared from the start.
The Wave began the game on an 8-0 run, including a pair of 3s by Allen Tabler (12 points). Troy closed the gap to 12-8 at the end of the first, and a Zach Thompson 3 made it 12-11 early in the second quarter — but that was as close as Troy would get.
Greenville scored 11 unanswered points after that and then later tacked on a 12-1 run that spanned the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters to make the score 43-21. And the Trojans — who were outrebounded 37-21 in the game — never found a way to get anything going.
“These Greenville kids have been playing varsity since they were freshmen and sophomores. They’ve taken their lumps, and now that they’re juniors and seniors, they’re ready to pay back everyone that’s done the same thing to them,” Miller said. “They were more physical than we were, they worked harder than we did, they finished on the offensive end and they locked it up on the defensive end.”
Taren Kinnel and Austin Kyzer led the Trojans with eight points each, and Tre Hudson added seven points and two assists. No one else scored more than four for Troy, and Austin Funderburg and Austin Persinger — who led the Trojans with four rebounds apiece — were both shut out offensively and were stuck in foul trouble throughout.
Clay Guillozet led Greenville — which plays Fairborn tonight — with 19 points and eight rebounds. Aaron Balsbaugh added nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots and Zach Comer chipped in nine points.
Things don’t get any easier for Troy — the Trojans travel to Wayne tonight.
“We have to turn right around and go to Wayne,” Miller said. “It’s going to be a real challenge for the kids, how they will react to this.”
Greenville — 65
Allen Tabler 3-4-12, Kendall Hemer 1-0-3, Clay Guillozet 6-7-19, Zach Comer 1-7-9, Ryan Drew 2-0-4, Zach Houdsshell 0-0-0, Cody Preston 2-0-4, Brayden Emerick 0-1-1, Isaiah Gable 1-1-4, Aaron Balsbaugh 3-3-9. Totals: 19-23-65.
Troy — 38
Luke Manis 1-0-3, Austin Kyzer 4-0-8, Connor Super 1-0-3, Matt Monnin 0-0-0, Tre Hudson 2-3-7, Zach Thompson 1-0-3, T.J. Michael 2-0-4, Taren Kinnel 3-0-8, Camren Adkins 0-2-2, Austin Persinger 0-0-0, Austin Funderburg 0-0-0. Totals: 14-5-38.
Score By Quarters
GVille12 39 52 65
Troy8 18 27 38
3-point goals: Greenville — Tabler 2, Hemer, Gable. Troy — Manis, Super, Thompson, Kinnel 2.
Records: Greenville 2-2, 1-0. Troy 1-4, 0-1.
JV result: Troy won.