Centurions Able to Reload on the Run

By John D'Abruzzo | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA), March 21, 2013 | Go to article overview

Centurions Able to Reload on the Run


John D'Abruzzo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


Believe it or not, this was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Greensburg Central Catholic High School boys basketball team.

After making appearances in last year's WPIAL Class AA semifinals and the PIAA quarterfinals, the Centurions welcomed back just six players from 2011-12's 17-man roster.

"Coming into the season -- because players had graduated or transferred -- we lost 11 guys," Greensburg Central coach Greg Bisignani said. "We weren't sure what to expect, only bringing back two lettermen."

The Centurions, however, quickly jelled together and ended up posting a pretty successful season.

Following a perfect 12-0 run in Section 3-AA, Greensburg Central Catholic captured another section title and finished the regular season 21-1. Its only regular-season loss came in non-section play against Class AAAA Gateway on Dec. 28.

"Most coaches would laugh at you if you call that type of season a rebuilding year," Bisignani said. "Our regular-season record set the school record for the best finish. It's kind of hard not to be happy with that."

Riding a 13-game winning streak into the WPIAL playoffs, the Centurions topped Northgate in the first round before dropping a 67- 63 decision to Burrell in the quarterfinals. Because the Bucs advanced to the WPIAL title game, GCC got "new life" in the postseason and qualified for the PIAA tournament as the WPIAL's No. 6 team.

In the PIAA tournament, they beat Penn Cambria in the first round but were knocked out of the state tournament after losing a 49-41 second-round decision against Lakeview on March 13.

"Going into the year, I thought we had a pretty tough schedule and wanted to get through December around .500," Bisignani said. "This group put in the hard work in the offseason and made the most of their opportunities.

"I am pretty proud of the kids and their season. I would have liked to have won a few more playoffs games, but when you look back [at the entire season] this group accomplished a lot."

Against District 10's Lakeview, Greensburg Central owned a 22-18 lead at the half but ended up getting outscored, 17-9, in the fourth quarter.

"Unfortunately, the sad thing about basketball is only one team can finish its season with a win," Bisignani said. …

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