Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Varsity Basketball · Boys Basketball: Dragons Start on 9-0 Run, and Cruise Past Pirates

SELLERSBURG — In its first home and Mid-Southern Conference game of the season, Silver Creek scored the game’s first 11 points and kept Charlestown at bay in a 44-31 victory.

A year ago, Charlestown beat the Dragons 51-46 and Silver Creek never recovered in finishing third in the MSC.

“It was big,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said of the win. “Last year we got tripped up to start the conference. Any conference win is great for us.”

For the second game in a row, it was the Dragon defense that carried them. Against Henryville and Charlestown, Creek has surrendered just 65 points. Offensively, however, the Dragons were just 14-of-35 from the field and 4-of-14 behind the 3-point stripe.

“I know we have a pretty good offense, but defense and rebounding has been our backbone so far,” Hoffman said. “Our offense will catch up. It’s going to come around.”

On the other side, Charlestown connected on just nine of its 31 shot attempts.

“We had a lot of good looks and a lot of open 3s. They just didn’t fall,” Charlestown coach Jason Connell said. “We’re going to work on some things, but the defensive end is what we’ve really been concentrating on.”

Zane Gross scored half of the Dragons’ points Tuesday and had six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

“Those stats are very important,” Gross said. “I don’t want to be known just as a scorer. I want to be a facilitator, get on the boards and also be known as a great defender.”

It was Gross who got the Dragons off to the fast start. In the first six minutes, he had seven points and an assist and Connell called timeout with his team down 9-0.

“We expect him to carry quite a load for us on offense,” Hoffman said of Gross.

It was 11-0 after a Hunter Popp layup, but the Pirates countered with a 12-9 run and were within 20-12 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Matt Parella and Ty Crace. Charlestown outscored the Dragons 11-7 in the second period and both teams scored 16 points in the second and third periods combined.

It was a drastic improvement from the Pirates’ 110-36 loss to New Albany in the season opener.

“I can’t complain,” Charlestown coach Jason Connell said. “I think we grew up a lot tonight. I didn’t know what to expect coming in … but I thought they fought really hard.”

Charlestown was within 30-21 after a Courtland Black 3 with 20 seconds left in the third period. However, Gross put the game away with five straight points to put Creek on top 39-23 with 3:40 remaining.

Black led the Pirates in every statistical category. He had four rebounds, two assists and two steals to go with his 10 points.

The Dragons, who out-rebounded Charlestown 32-16 in the win, go to Clarksville for another big MSC contest Friday. The Generals are 1-1 after a 53-30 loss at Floyd Central on Tuesday.

Charlestown will look to get back to .500 when it hosts Scottsburg on the same night.


Charlestown       5  11  5  1031

Silver Creek      16    7  9  1244

Charlestown (1-2, 0-1 MSC): Ty Crace 2-3 0-0 5, Brady Lathem 0-2 0-0 0, Max Mitchell 0-5 1-2 1, Courtland Black 2-7 4-4 10, Braiden Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Matt Parella 2-5 0-0 6, Addison Logsdon 1-1 0-1 2, Bo Braunecker 1-6 3-4 5. Totals 9-31 8-11 31.

Silver Creek (2-0, 1-0): Ty Kessinger 0-3 0-2 0, Zane Gross 7-13 5-5 22, Jack Hawkins 2-5 1-2 5, Josh Landers 1-2 0-0 2, Bennett Beyl 2-2 0-0 4, Sammy Barnett 1-3 2-2 4, Hunter Popp 1-1 0-0 2, Jacob Garrett 1-2 0-0 2, Kooper Jacobi 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 14-35 9-13 44.

3-point field goals: Charlestown 5-14 (Black 2-4, Parella 2-4, Braunecker 0-3, Crace 1-1, Mitchell 0-2); Silver Creek 4-14 (Gross 3-6, Hawkins 1-4, Kessinger 0-1, Landers 0-1, Barnett 0-1, Jacobi 0-1).

Rebounds: Charlestown 16 (Black 4); Silver Creek 32 (Garrett 8).

Assists: Charlestown 5 (Black 2); Silver Creek 8 (Gross 3).

Steals: Charlestown 5 (Black 2); Silver Creek 4 (Gross 3).

Blocked shots: Charlestown 0, Silver Creek 3 (Beyl 2).

Turnovers: Charlestown 12, Silver Creek 12.

Team fouls: Charlestown 11, Silver Creek 12.


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