Turnovers were once again the undoing of the Greenfield boys basketball team during a 71-57 loss to Bradley Tech in a WIAA Division 1 regional game on March 1.
'This has been a problem for us all year,' coach Jack Miller said. 'We had 31 turnovers in the game, and that spelled our doom. We had some opportunities, but we couldn't get over the hump.'
The Hustlin' Hawks, as they have done most of the season, battled all the way.
Tech jumped out to leads of 8-0 and 17-4, but Greenfield steadied itself and came back within 33-23 at the half. The Hawks then crept within 3 points on several occasions in the second half but could not catch the Trojans.
Jared Davis paced the Hawks with 18 points, with Emmanuel McDonald adding 9 points, Sam Streeter 6 points and Jon Kaifesh 5 points.
The Hawks stayed in the game with nine 3-point field goals by seven different players, with Davis and Streeter each connecting on a pair of 3-pointers. Greenfield was only 2-of-5 at the free-throw line, however.
The season ended at 3-20 for the Hawks, but they posted all three of those victories toward the end of the campaign after starting 0-16. They became more competitive as the season progressed.
A lack of firepower was one of their problems, with just one player — Davis, at 12.7 points per game — averaging in double figures.
Greenfield loses just two seniors, Kaifesh and Andrew Valdez, so there is hope for improvement next season.