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Greenville scores first victory

Greenville High School guard Jamarcus Murphy and the Tigers scored a 59-50 win against Charles Henderson High School Saturday night. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

The second time proved to be the charm for Greenville High School.

Charles Henderson High School topped the Tigers (1-7, 0-1 Class 5A, Area 5) 51-38 on Nov. 29. The Trojans wouldn’t be so lucky on Saturday. Greenville held on for a 59-50 win, earning its first victory of the season.

“Getting that first win is always going to release pressure,” Greenville head coach Richard Kelly said.

“I think more than anything, it will give these boys confidence. That is what we were lacking during the first three weeks of the season. A confident player is what we are striving for every game – confident in shooting the ball, playing defense, and running our offense.”

Greenville led by as many as 15 points before the Trojans battled back to cut the lead to single digits, but the Tigers were able to remain calm and withstand the rally.

“We built a lead early, which allowed us to be patient and relax, instead of pressing like we have in the past,” Kelly said.

Daryll Starks led Greenville with 22 points and six rebounds, while Kent Riley added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Jamarcus Murphy dished out nine assists.

Greenville will be back in action Thursday when it plays host to J.F. Shields. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m.