No. 2 Greensburg CC tops Jeannette to wrap up perfect section run
In coach Greg Bisignani's first game back after serving a three-game suspension, No. 2 Greensburg Central Catholic continued to roll, knocking off Jeannette, 51-35, to finish the regular season with a unblemished 12-0 record in Section 3-AA play.
“It gives us a ton of momentum,” Centurions guard Brian Graytok said.
Greensburg Central Catholic (18-2) played its full-court, wide-open style of play to build an early lead, only to see it dwindle to one point at halftime as Jeannette switched to a zone defense and made it more of a half-court game.
“It's always back and forth when we play,” said Greensburg Central Catholic assistant coach Eddie Zimmerlink, who spoke because Bisignani isn't permitted to talk to the media.
“We were just hoping to come out on the right end of it. They got us in the half-court and did a good job (in the first half).”
The Jayhawks (11-9, 7-5) took their only lead of the game when Miles Sunder's layup made it 21-20 early in the third quarter, but it was short-lived as the Centurions went on a 15-0 run to finish the quarter and all but put the game out of reach.
“We just put the pressure on them,” Graytok said. “We've been running all summer. They got a little frustrated, and we were able to take advantage.”
Junior Romano Sebastiani scored a game-high 16 points for the Centurions and has been a crucial part to GCC's success this season, contributing at both ends of the court.
“He does a little bit of everything,” Zimmerlink said. “He was a 5 foot-10 point guard a year or two ago. Now he shot up to 6- foot-2. He rebounds really well and is just a smart basketball player.”
Graytok added 12 points. Sunder led the Jayhawks with 12 points, and guard Julian Batts, who has been electric for Jeannette all season, added 11 points.
“We've been in these games,” Jeannette coach Adrian Batts said. “This is only our second double-digit loss this year. We've got to get back to it before the playoffs start.”
The teams will enter the WPIAL Class AA playoffs heading in opposite directions.
GCC is riding a five-game winning streak and most likely will be a top-four seed. Jeannette has dropped six of its past nine.
“We lost early in the playoffs last year, and it motivated us ever since,” Graytok said of the Centurions' quarterfinals loss to Burrell. “We've been playing with a fire.”
Seeds and matchups will be determined Tuesday.
Justin Criado is a freelance writer