Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boys Basketball: Wpial Class AA Championship Centurions Reflect after Coming Up a Point Shy Greensburg Cc Starts to Regroup for Piaa Tourney

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Boys Basketball: Wpial Class AA Championship Centurions Reflect after Coming Up a Point Shy Greensburg Cc Starts to Regroup for Piaa Tourney

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On another day things could've gone differently for the Greensburg Central Catholic boys basketball team.

The No. 2-seeded Centurions (22-3) lost to No. 1 Seton-LaSalle, 52-51, in last Saturday's Class AA WPIAL final. The back-and-forth contest featured 14 lead changes and six ties.

A day later, Greensburg Central Catholic coach Greg Bisignani maintained a pretty positive perspective on the final, all things considered.

"We're lucky to be in a position where we can lose and our season continues," he said.

Deflated by the loss? Sure he was, and admittedly so. But who wouldn't be the day after coming up short in the WPIAL title game?

"When you come out on the losing end you don't appreciate [the accomplishment] at first," he said. "But I think [the team] will look back in a few years and appreciate what it was."

This was the second time Bisignani guided Greensburg Central Catholic to the WPIAL championship game in his five years at the team's helm. In the 2011 WPIAL final, the Centurions lost to Monessen, 63-43.

What made this result perhaps a little harder to swallow was the expectation. Last time around, Bisignani felt the team was maybe a little awestruck in the final. That, he said, wasn't the case this time.

He also felt this year's team possessed a mix of skills and intangibles that could allow it to capture a WPIAL title for the first time in school history. Unfortunately, the Centurions came up short.

"I don't think you can talk to a coach in any sport where you don't dissect things over and over," he said. "I know the kids were doing it in the locker room. I told them it definitely wasn't their effort, they definitely gave 100 percent. They just didn't make some shots.

"In a championship game, those little things make a big difference."

In basketball, teams typically combine for more than 100 possessions a game, take dozens of shots and make even more decisions, mostly reactionary and on the fly. Sitting back and reflecting on everything that happened in a high-pressure game -- each shot, pass, turnover and misstep -- there's countless ways to find room for criticism. …

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