The Class 2A No. 6 Pioneers, who dropped a 49-46 decision to Clarksville in Friday’s semifinals, jumped out to a 12-2 lead after guard Ben Shahroudi nailed a short jumper with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Providence led 12-7 at the end of the first quarter. But the Pirates climbed back to within two at 14-12 after forward Hunter Crace found a cutting Darius Brown for an easy layup with 2:55 remaining in the first half.
It was 16-14 after Pirate forward Jamal Long hit a 16-footer on the baseline with a little more than a minute remaining.
But the Pioneers (6-1) scored the last five points of the half off two free throws from Shahroudi, and three points from guard Grant Goad, who got his own rebound off a missed free throw with 7.3 seconds left, scored and then converted another foul shot attempt.
“That was the sort of thing that really hurt us this weekend, just poor fundamentals,” said Charlestown coach Sean Smith. “Not blocking out off a free throw — we have to focus better than that.”
Brown nailed a short jumper to bring the margin to 21-16 seconds into the second half. But a 7-0 Pioneer run capped by two more free throws from Shahroudi made the score 28-16 with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter, and Providence stretched the lead out even further throughout the fourth quarter.
Goad followed up a 14-point, 10-rebound performance on Friday night with 18 points and nine rebounds against Charlestown.
“He was aggressive, and when your good offensive players play more aggressive, that gives you a better chance for success,” Pioneer coach Lou Lefevre said.
The Pioneers did commit an uncharacteristic 19 turnovers.
“I think if people see the final score, they’ll think both teams played good defense. But we both were just really bad offensively,” Lefevre said. “We hit a few more shots than they did.”
The Pirates (1-6) struggled against the Pioneer defense, committing 25 turnovers.
Goad and Shahroudi were named to the all-tournament team, along with Charlestown’s Tanner Wesp.
The Pioneers are off until Tuesday, Jan. 7, when they will travel to Madison, while Charlestown will host Seymour on Jan. 10.