Indians have no answer for Greene’s 33 in 82-65 Watauga win

Indians have no answer for Greene’s 33 in 82-65 Watauga win
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By David Rogers. February 5, 2018. HICKORY, NC — There was neither evidence of the flu nor NBA jet lag this go-’round.  Bryant Greene poured in 33 points while Alex Marinakis and Alex McConnell added 14 and 13, respectively, leading Watauga to a dominant, 82-65 win over the host St. Stephens Indians, Monday night in Hickory.

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COVER IMAGE: Senior guard/forward Sam Crabbe looks for two points vs. St. Stephens. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…senior guard Bryant Greene lays it up and in for Watauga @ St. Stephens

The last time they played, St. Stephens caught Watauga on the its last legs at the end of a “four games in five days” stretch and leading offensive threat Greene was compromised while battling the flu. This time, the Pioneers were rested and ready.

Behind the offensive output of Greene, Marinakis and McConnell, as well as a strong defensive effort to keep the athletic Indians at bay, Watauga led from start to finish.

Heading into the final two games of the regular season, Watauga has a tenuous hold on fourth place in the Northwestern Conference standings, which is important in that the top four teams will have home court advantage in the first round of the conference playoffs scheduled to start next week.  The Pioneers (11-8 overall, 5-7 in conference) face Morganton-Freedom on Tuesday in a Senior Night matchup at Lentz Eggers Gym, then close the regular season at West Caldwell on Friday.  The strong Morganton-Freedom (19-2, 10-2) five is tied for second in the Northwestern Conference with McDowell (18-4, 10-2).

Zach West (4) shoots above St Stephens’ Hunter Pyatte (15)

Meanwhile West Caldwell (9-13, 4-8) is one of two teams nipping at the heels of Watauga for that coveted fourth place conference finish to determine league tournament seedings. Like Watauga, the Warriors face on of the Northwestern Conference leaders on Tuesday, McDowell, in the West Caldwell home court, before Friday’s matchup with Watauga. The Warriors’ first encounter with the Pioneers on January 24th at Lentz Eggers Gym turned “chippy,” nearly erupting into a brawl involving players and fans after Watauga’s 78-76 overtime win. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, aided by the presence of law enforcement officers and the intervention of school administrators before things got out of hand.

On Monday, Marinakis was relatively quiet in the first half, but his 12 points in the third quarter, including two baskets from behind the three-point arc, helped propel the Pioneers to 13-point lead (57-44) as the teams entered the final stanza.  During that decisive fourth quarter, Greene poured it on in scoring 13 of his 33 points, including 7-of-8 shooting from the charity stripe.


St. Stephens

  • 24 — Drew Cline
  • 10 — Luther Scott
  • 10 — Carter Powell
  • 9 — Teavias Henry
  • 5 — Zeque Figueroa
  • 3 — Hunter Pyatte
  • 2 — Ha’m Joyner-McConkle
  • 2 — Justin Bullock


  • 33 — Bryant Greene
  • 14 — Alex Marinakis
  • 13 — Alex McConnell
  • 8 — Hayes Henderson
  • 7 — Sam Crabbe
  • 6 — Jonathan McClannon
  • 1 — Anderson Castle

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