By Rob Kiser
GREENVILLE — The 1-2 combination of Clay Guillozet and Isaiah Gable was too much for Piqua to overcome Friday night in GWOC North action as Greenville led from the start in posting a 73-62 win over the Indians.
Greenville improved to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the GWOC North with the win, while Piqua dropped to 6-5 overall and 1-2 in the GWOC North.
Guillozet and Gable combined for the game’s first 17 points and had Greenville out to a quick 8-4 lead, before Piqua used a 7-0 run to take its only lead of the game.
Nate Monnin, who was a force inside all game, started things with a putback for the Indians and Colton Bachman scored to tie the game at 8-8.
Monnin then had a 3-point play to give Piqua an 11-8 lead, before Gable hit a three to tie it.
After a Ben Schmieisng basket for the Indians, Guillozet drilled a three to give Greenville a 14-13 lead after one quarter.
Gable opened the second quarter with a three-point play to put Greenville up 17-13.
While Greenville never trailed again, Bradley Hohlbein had eight points in the second quarter to help keep Piqua within striking distance at 32-26.
Piqua, plagued by poor free throw shooting, was never able to make a serious run at Greenville in the second half. The Indians missed 11 of their first 14 free throw attempts, which proved costly.
Monnin had a double-double to led Piqua with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Hohlbein scored 18 points and CJ Davis pulled down seven rebounds.
Guillozet paced Greneville with 31 points and six rebounds, while Gable added 19 points and seven rebounds.
Aaron Rich added 12 points and six rebounds.
Piqua was 22 of 48 from the floor, but just 12 of 26 from the line.
Greenville was 28 of 44 from the floor and 17 of 22 from the line.
Piqua won the battle of the boards 27-24 and had eight turnovers to Greenville’s nine.
Piqua will be back in action tonight, hosting St. Marys.
Bradley Hohlbein 7-1-18, Derrick Gullett 0-4-4, CJ Davis 1-0-3, Colton Bachman 3-0-7, Nate Monnin 10-5-26, Ben Schmiesing 1-2-4, Nash Black 0-0-0, Caleb Patton 0-0-0, Brady Hill 0-0-0, Hunter Hawk 0-0-0. Totals: 22-12-62.
Devin Hendrix 0-3-3, Trae Wood 0-0-0, Clay Guillozet 9-9-31, Aaron Rich 5-2-12, Isaiah Gable 8-1-19, Braden Russel 0-0-0, Peter Pandey 2-2-6, Codi Byrd 1-0-2. Totals: 25-17-73.
3-point field goals — Piqua: Hohlbein (3), Davis, Bachman, Monnin. Greenville: Guillozet (4), Gable (2).
Score By Quarters
Piqua 13 26 38 62
Greenville 14 32 48 73
Records: Piqua 6-5 (1-2), Greenville 5-3 (3-0).
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.