The Providence boys’ basketball team wasted no time showing its dominance in a 58-36 blowout victory over host South Central on Thursday.
“It was a game we dominated,” Providence coach Lou LeFevre said. “We were real solid on defense.”
The stingy Pioneer defense allowed only eight first-half points and just two in the second quarter.
Providence went into the half with a 33-8 behind Grant Goad and Nick Hayes. Hayes was the Pioneers’ leading scorer, tallying 12 points for the game. Goad took on a different role. Normally the leading scorer (15 points per game), Goad was a facilitator taking care of the ball and dishing out nine assists to go along with six points.
During the third quarter, South Central was unable to figure out the Providence defense and managed only four more points. After the third, the Pioneers had a 46-12 lead before calling off the dogs.
“Tonight, we had a very balanced attack,” said Lefevre. “We played good on offense and defense. We played a very good team game.”
Hayes was the only Pioneer in double figures for the game. Goad scored six points to go with the nine assists.
Providence (10-5) will be at Madison on Saturday.
PROVIDENCE 58, SOUTH CENTRAL 36
Providence 17 16 13 12—58
South Central 6 2 4 24—36
Providence scoring: Nick Hayes 12, Juston Betz 9, Brad Koerner 9, Daniel Schuler 7, Grant Goad 6, Jordan Sellmer 3, Ben Shahroudi 3, Brock Hayden 3, Parker Graf 2, Griffin Libs 2, Dawson Mitchell 2.
South Central scoring: Goforth 13, Wemes 7, Quire 6, Goodwin 6, Cunninghan 4.
3-point field goals: Providence 5 (Betz 3, Sellmer, Hayden); South Central 6 (Goforth 3, Quire 2, Wemes).
Free throws: Providence 13-21, South Central 4-8.
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY ROLLS PAST MADISON SHAWE
Class A No. 8 Christian Academy used a strong second half to hand Madison Shawe (1-17) a 62-36 loss on Thursday.
“We had a slow start, but gave much better effort and energy in the second half,” said Pioneer assistant coach Lucas Goforth.
Christian Academy led 25-20 at the half and ended the game on a 37-16 second-half run.
Shelby Rose was the high man for the Warriors with 16 points. Teammate Aaron Eldridge finished with 15. Also for CAI, Nic Reed had 13 and James Martin scored 10.