"Lately, we're getting a little better at that,'' Greene said. "Against Midland, we had four guys in double figures. We're getting there. Saturday was about the most balance we've had. Eight, seven and six [by the other players] doesn't sound big, but it's really big for us.
"We're slowly getting there. Luke is making everybody better right now, but it's a slow process sometimes.''
Besides Eddy, who averaged 16 points per game as a junior, no other returning player for the Patriots tallied more than 55 points all of last season.
SC's sneaky streak
By beating Ripley on Saturday, South Charleston extended its MSAC winning streak to a remarkable 33 straight games. But that streak has a catch.
During that time, the Black Eagles have lost to a pair of league opponents.
Huh? How's that possible?
Well, in recent years SC (and all MSAC teams) played 16 league games per season - meeting every other team once and then another at the end of the year, either in the MSAC Night of Champions or the place-winner games for those outside the top four.
So the Black Eagles won their final 10 league games in the 2010-11 season (including the MSAC title game against Capital), swept all 16 last season (beating Woodrow Wilson for the MSAC championship) and their first seven this season. That makes 33.
However, SC has lost in the opening round of the state tournament each of the past two years - and both defeats came at the hands of MSAC rivals. The Eagles fell to Parkersburg in the quarterfinals last season and GW in 2011. Since they came in the state tournament, those do not count as league games.
(All MSAC teams lost a league game this season following the departure of Lincoln County and Greenbrier East in the offseason and the arrival of Winfield, so 15 is the limit).
The Black Eagles' last MSAC loss was a memorable 103-97 three-overtime setback at Woodrow Wilson on Jan. 18, 2011 - nearly two years ago.
SC has already had a couple close calls with its streak this season, beating Princeton 59-57, Riverside 48-42, Capital 69-62 in OT and Woodrow Wilson 51-44 last week in a game it led by two points in the final minute.
"We want to stay calm,'' said senior point guard Rashaud Kincaid, "because we've been in this situation before. Coach tells us each team is going to make their run, so we know how to handle it.
"The ball's always in my hands, and it's pressure, but I just try to stay calm and do the best I can to help this team win.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.