CHARLESTOWN — A sensational second half carried Silver Creek over Charlestown in an early-season Mid-Southern Conference matchup Tuesday night.
The Dragons outscored the Pirates 55-28 after intermission on their way to a 91-51 win.
“The first half, there’s going to be nights where you’ve got to adjust to [the officiating],” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “It’s not anybody’s fault, it’s just we have to adjust to it. We missed some shots around the rim and stuff.”
“Things weren’t perfect in the first half and I’m glad we kind of righted the ship and [in the] third quarter we came out and played the way that we looked forward to playing the whole game. When we get in a rhythm and flow, and guys are defensive rebounding or forcing turnovers and we can get out and go, it’s fun to watch.”
Sophomore standouts Trey Kaufman and Kooper Jacobi combined for 51 points (27 for Kaufman, 24 for Jacobi) including 31 (Kaufman 19, Jacobi 12) in the second half. Senior forward Jack Hawkins added 13 for the Dragons, who followed up their season-opening 43-point win over Henryville with another impressive performance.
Class 3A No. 11 Silver Creek sprinted out to a 14-2 lead, but the Pirates closed the first quarter with a 10-2 run to pull within 18-14.
Silver Creek doubled up Charlestown 18-9 in the second quarter, which was spent mostly at the free throw line. The two teams combined for 21 foul shots in a period that saw both teams in the double bonus with more than 3 minutes left.
The Dragons led 36-23 at the end of a first half that featured 31 fouls — 17 on Silver Creek, 14 on Charlestown.
Ashton Davis scored the first two points of the second half for the Pirates, but the Dragons ran off eight in a row on a pair of putbacks by Kaufman, another by Hawkins and a turnaround by Kaufman. The Pirates sandwiched a basket by Bo Braunecker and two free throws by Courtland Black around a Hawkins 3 to make it 47-29.
Silver Creek outscored Charlestown 25-2 over the next 5 minutes and 7 seconds.
“That second half, everybody that stepped on the court was fun to watch,” Hoffman said.
The run started with back-to-back dunks by Jacobi and it was capped off by a big one-hand slam by Kaufman.
“We’re not used to seeing dunks like that at Silver Creek,” Hoffman said. “Dunks are only worth two points, but when Koop got that first one down, it was like our guys were like, ‘Oh.’ I knew Trey was like, ‘He’s not going to be the only one that gets one.’ So I think after Koop got that dunk that really, that was really a momentum builder for us.”
Charlestown’s Courtland Black made a layup to end the spurt, but moments later, Kaufman threw down another thunderous one-hand jam.
“It’s a great feeling. [Those were my] first two dunks in a [varsity] game,” Kaufman said. “Kooper and I are great friends. Of course, he gets a dunk, I tried to do my best to get one, too.”
Black and junior guard Caleb Brown scored 13 points apiece to pace the Pirates.
“It was definitely a tale of two halves,” Charlestown coach Jason Connell said. “I thought we got off to a really good start. We played with energy and passion, a nothing-to-lose mentality. I was really happy, but I told them at halftime the first three minutes of the second half are always crucial. We came out and scored right off the bat, then the wheels came off. Defensively we lost focus. The effort went way down. We weren’t getting back on defense, or stopping the ball. I think part of that was we came out and woke them up. I think at halftime they kind of regrouped and were like, ‘Alright, enough’s enough.’ As talented as they are, for two quarters I thought we played really well.”
Silver Creek will host Clarksville on Friday night, when the Pirates play at Scottsburg (2-0, 2-0).
SILVER CREEK 91, CHARLESTOWN 51
Silver Creek 18 18 31 24—91
Charlestown 14 9 8 20—51
Silver Creek (2-0, 1-0): Jack Hawkins 13, Trey Kaufman 27, Ty Kessinger 2, Kooper Jacobi 24, Zane Gross 8, Josh Landers 2, Holden Groher 2, Jackson Jacobi 2, Andrew Baxter 5, Noah Gilbert 4, Isaac Hinton 2.
Charlestown (1-1, 0-1): Ashton Davis 6, Courtland Black 13, Matt Parella 9, Bo Braunecker 4, Devron West 4, Drew Fifer 2, Caleb Brown 13.
3-point field goals: Silver Creek 5 (Hawkins 3, Baxter, Kaufman); Charlestown 4 (Black 2, Brown 2).
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