In the opening minutes of the game, Grant Greenberg swished a 3-point shot.
Moments later, he worked himself into position to pull down an offensive rebound.
Soon after, he drove aggressively to the basket and took a hard foul to get to the free throw line.
Just before halftime, he used a touch pass to set up a teammate for a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Greenberg’s all-around game was on full display Saturday night at the Ryan Center on the University of Saint Mary campus.
The uniform was different, but it was the same player local fans have gotten to know for nearly a decade when he was playing for the Leavenworth High School Pioneers and the USM Spires.
Greenberg now is playing professionally for the Kansas City Tornados, who hosted the Kentucky Thoroughbreds in a North American Premier Basketball league game.
Greenberg finished with impressive statistics. He scored 29 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and recorded seven assists.
Despite Greenberg’s big performance, the Tornados lost to the Thoroughbreds 115-113.
“It was awesome coming back and playing in front of family and friends as a professional,” Greenberg said. “It was a great turnout and a great game as well.”
Leavenworth head coach Larry Hogan praised his former player.
“He’s a great young man,” Hogan said. “He’s a smart kid who loves basketball and loves to compete. I guarantee nobody works harder. He’s so solid in everything he does and is fundamentally sound.”
USM men’s coach Troy Brown said Greenberg looked like the same player he coached in college.
“It’s awesome to see him come back and play,” Brown said. “He hit that first shot and that was huge. I know he was itching to play here.”
Greenberg said playing the game at his alma mater was a good way to market the new league.
“I wanted people in Leavenworth to see a professional basketball game,” he said. “Hopefully next year we can do it again.”