Unatego uses fast start to knock off Greene

Boys’ Basketball

Unatego 64, Greene 49

GREENE - Unatego went deep in the first half to the dismay of Greene and head coach Rick Smith.

The Spartans made four of the first five three-pointers they attempted – all in the first 10 minutes– and built a double-digit lead that they rode out in a matchup for second place in the Midstate Athletic Conference Wednesday.

Kellen Komenda had a pair of early threes to finished with 14 points, and teammate Tanner Winchester also buried a trey in the opening quarter on his way to a 14-point night. “To be honest, we really hadn’t seen them make a lot of three-pointers this season, so that was a surprise,” said Greene coach Rick Smith. “We wanted to limit their ability to dribble penetrate inside, and they made us pay for it.”

Unatego led by 12 after one quarter, and extended the lead to as many as 16 in the first half before Greene cut the deficit back to 11 at halftime. After Dan Treadwell’s three ball for Greene to start to the second half cut the deficit to eight, Unatego rattled off 10 straight points to extend the lead back to 18.

Greene closed the quarter with seven straight points, and Zach Wentlent’s three-point play to end the quarter had the Trojans back within 10. The Trojans came as close as seven in the fourth, that after another Wentlent three-point play made it 53-46 with 5:58 left.

Against Unatego’s trapping press, Greene committed three turnovers down the stretch that led to Unatego layups. Wentlent’s basket was the last field goal for the Trojans, who were limited to free throws the rest of the way. “When we got it down to seven or eight points, we either committed a foul or turned it over,” Smith said. “Everything that we didn’t want to do, we did in this game. Unatego was playing on back-to-back nights, but they seemed to have more energy than us.”

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