JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville is 5-0 for the first time since 2002-03 following Friday’s 68-48 win over previously-unbeaten Silver Creek at Johnson Arena.
The Devils trailed only once and controlled the pace throughout. They were 25-of-44 from the field, 15-of-18 at the foul line and out-rebounded the Dragons 30-15.
“We’re having a good season and we wanted to keep the momentum,” Jeff senior Bailey Falkenstein said. “This was a good win against a good team and it’s a game that we should win.”
The win snapped a three-game losing streak against Silver Creek. Last time the Dragons visited Johnson Arena, they left with a 58-44 victory.
“Obviously, it affected our community pride,” Red Devils coach Joe Luce said of the losses to their county rival. “We want to take care of our opponents that are in our back yard. We talked about the importance of getting back on the winning side of things.”
Along with the strong offensive numbers, Jeff forced 20 turnovers, held Silver Creek to 15-of-42 shooting and blocked five shots.
“I thought we continued to play our style of basketball,” Luce said. “The speed of the game and our ability to use our athleticism was the difference. We played consistent and sound … and played hard.”
Falkenstein led Jeff with 22 points. He was 8-of-15 from the floor and made all five of his free throw attempts. Jaden Coleman added 14 points and eight rebounds, Tre Coleman had 12 points and five boards and Jacob Jones had seven points, five assists and a pair of blocked shots. But it was New Albany transfer Zeke Smith who was probably the team’s MVP Friday.
Smith had four points but also had a game-high 11 rebounds. Throughout the first half, he kept Jeff possessions alive with his seven offensive boards.
“Coach has me crash the boards a lot,” Smith said. “Every shot that goes up, I’m boxing out and going for [the rebound].”
Smith also blocked a pair of shots and made two of his three field goal attempts.
“He’s been huge for us,” Luce said of the senior. “He’s absolutely played himself into a big role. He’s perfect at the position he’s playing. He gives us every hustle play that you could want and he’s really helping our team.”
Jeff scored the game’s first five points before Silver Creek’s Zane Gross hit a pair of 3-pointers to give the Dragons their only lead at 6-5. For the rest of the game, the Devils held the Dragons’ leading scorer to two points on 1-of-10 shooting.
“He let himself be known that he’s good,” Luce said of Gross, “and he let our team know he’s going to make them if we don’t guard him. And I think we did a better job [defending him after the start].”
With five points from Falkenstein and a 3-point play from Jones, Jeff went on a 10-0 run and built a 17-8 lead after one period.
The Devils got the lead to 23-10 on a Jaden Coleman steal and dunk, but the Dragons scored seven straight after Josh Landers’ baseline jumper. Jeff led 35-24 at the half then scored the first 11 points of the third period to take control.
“I was expecting a better performance from us and Jeff was who we thought they were,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “I thought we got taken out of the game mentally early. We just weren’t very tough finishing. We weren’t very tough rebounding and offensively we were out of control. But a lot of that has to do with Jeff. We’re going to learn from this. I can promise you that.”
Hunter Popp scored 13 of his team-best 15 points in the fourth quarter of the loss. He also led the Dragons, who travel to Bedford tonight to face the 6-1 Stars, with four rebounds.
“He did a good job of being aggressive,” Hoffman said of Popp. “He tried to make things happen.”
Jeff has a short turnaround and a long trip to Evansville today where it will face 3-1 Evansville Memorial in an 8-game shootout at approximately 5 p.m. at Bosse.
“Mentally, you’re going to have to be at your best and come ready to play,” Luce said. “It’s a good opportunity for us to play on a [big] stage … and we want to be a part of that.”
JEFFERSONVILLE 68, SILVER CREEK 48
Silver Creek 8 16 9 15—48
Jeffersonville 17 18 17 16—68
Silver Creek (6-1): Ty Kessinger 0-1 0-0 0, Zane Gross 3-13 0-0 8, Jack Hawkins 4-8 0-0 10, Josh Landers 1-4 0-0 2, Bennett Beyl 1-2 2-4 4, Sammy Barnett 1-2 2-2 5, Hunter Popp 4-6 7-8 15, Trey Renn 0-1 2-2 2, Jacob Garrett 0-0 0-0 0, Kooper Jacobi 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 15-42 13-20 48.
Jeffersonville (5-0): Tre Coleman 4-6 2-4 12, Jaylen Fairman 0-0 0-0 0, Markez Jordan 0-0 0-0 0, Jaden Coleman 6-11 2-2 14, Trevis Oglesby 2-3 1-2 5, Zeke Smith 2-3 0-0 4, Bailey Falkenstein 8-15 5-5 22, Hunter Schmitz 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 25-44 15-18 68.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 5-10 (Hawkins 2-4, Gross 2-5, Barnett 1-1); Jeffersonville 3-10 (T. Coleman 2-2, Falkenstein 1-5, J. Coleman 0-1, Jones 0-1, Smith 0-1).
Rebounds: Silver Creek 15 (Popp 4); Jeffersonville 30 (Smith 11).
Assists: Silver Creek 9 (Gross 3); Jeffersonville 13 (Jones 5).
Steals: Silver Creek 5 (Gross 3); Jeffersonville 8 (T. Coleman 2, J. Coleman 2).
Blocked shots: Silver Creek 0; Jeffersonville 5 (Smith 2, Jones 2).
Turnovers: Silver Creek 20, Jeffersonville 20.
Team fouls: Silver Creek 20, Jeffersonville 19.
Fouled out: Jeffersonville — Smith.
Junior varsity: Silver Creek 58-29.
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