News and Tribune

January 17, 2013

GREG'S PICKS: Dragons improving at right time

Silver Creek faces tough upcoming games against NA, Providence

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Coming into the 2012-13 season with a team with almost no varsity experience, Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman knew the start to the season would be treacherous.

It was. His third Dragon team started with a win over Henryville, but then dropped five straight. After a victory over New Washington, Creek dropped three more.

On Jan. 5, the Dragons won their third game of the season, knocking off then-unbeaten Borden 60-51.

“There’s not a question that we’re a lot better team than we were in November, even December,” Hoffman said. “We’ve shown a lot of signs of improvement and we’re not making the same mistakes we were before.”

Last Friday, Silver Creek went to Brownstown and held one of the state’s leading scoring teams to 39 in a 16-point loss.

The Dragons have held their opponents to 55 points or under in five of their last six games.

“If you’ve seen our scores lately, we’ve developed into one of the better defensive teams around,” Hoffman said. “The goal is to keep that up and hopefully bring the offense along with it.”

Tonight, Hoffman’s young team goes to New Albany to face the 7-6 Bulldogs. Then on Tuesday, the Dragons will host 11-1 Providence.

“There aren’t any easy ones, especially in December and January,” Hoffman said of Creek’s schedule. “These two games are ones the kids look forward the playing. The like the opportunity of going down to New Albany to play against the great program they have. Providence is undoubtedly one of the best teams in Southern Indiana.

“There’s no doubt our kids will look forward to both of those games.”



GAMES TO WATCH — WEEKEND

GAME OF THE WEEKEND

BOYS — Jeffersonville at Columbus East

• Time/Day: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

• Records: Jeffersonville 11-2 (4-0 Hoosier Hills Conference); Columbus East 8-1 (4-0 HHC).

• Rankings: Jeffersonville — Class 4A No. 13.

• Last year: At Jeffersonville 90, Columbus East 65.

• Last 15 years: Jeffersonville 8-7.

• Analysis: This isn’t the official clincher, but unless Jennings County is better than expected, the winner of this game is going to be at least tied for the conference championship. Both of these teams have shown a ton of toughness and the ability to come back late in games. Both are sectional contenders and both feel like they’re the best team in the Hoosier Hills Conference. However, Jeff has just a tiny bit more talent and has Darryl Baker. Nothing against East’s Bryce Leinhoop, but with the game on the line, Baker’s proven to be the guy to have.

• Greg’s Pick: Jeffersonville 71, Columbus East 66.



FRIDAY

BOYS — Silver Creek at New Albany

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 3-9, New Albany 6-5.

• Last year: New Albany 53, at Silver Creek 50.

• Last 15 years: New Albany 14-1.

• Analysis: Silver Creek is playing better but probably not well enough to beat the Bulldogs in The Doghouse.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 65, Silver Creek 45.



BOYS — Borden at Christian Academy

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Borden 9-2, Christian Academy 5-6.

• Rankings: Borden — Class A No. 7.

• Last year: At Borden 65, Christian Academy 45.

• Last 15 years: Borden 12-7.

• Analysis: I went back and forth on who to take in this one. Borden has struggled to score of late. CAI doesn’t have that problem. The Warriors have the home-court advantage, but the Braves have the experience advantage. In the end, Borden’s defense may carry the day.

• Greg’s Pick: Borden 64, Christian Academy 62.



BOYS — Eastern at Charlestown

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Eastern 4-7 (2-3 Mid-Southern Conference); Charlestown 6-4 (2-1 MSC).

• Last year: At Eastern 56, Charlestown 42.

• Last 15 years: Eastern 8-4.

• Analysis: Eastern is better than its record, but again, I like Chris Braun and Aaron Daniel down the stretch in close games.

• Greg’s Pick: Charlestown 59, Eastern 58.



BOYS — Floyd Central at Jennings County

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Floyd Central 3-10 (0-3 HHC); Jennings County 9-5 (3-0 HHC).

• Last year: At Floyd Central 37, Jennings County 38.

• Last 15 years: Jennings County 10-9.

• Analysis: The Highlander offense seemed to gain a little traction in Saturday’s win over North Harrison, but it points may be tough to come back against a Jennings team that allows only 55 points per game.

• Greg’s Pick: Jennings County 55, Floyd Central 38.



BOYS — Scottsburg at Clarksville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Scottsburg 3-9 (2-5 MSC); Clarksville 9-3 (5-0 MSC).

• Rankings: Clarksville — Class 2A No. 7.

• Last year: Clarksville 61, at Scottsburg 56.

• Last 15 years: Scottsburg 13-2.

• Analysis: Clarksville’s not exactly playing its best basketball right now, but it won’t matter at home against a Scottsburg team that is having trouble beating anyone, much less a ranked team.

• Greg’s Pick: Clarksville 68, Scottsburg 53.



GIRLS — New Albany at Jeffersonville

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Albany 8-8 (3-2 HHC); Jeffersonville 6-11 (2-4 HHC).

• Last year: At New Albany 52, Jeffersonville 42.

• Last 10 years: Jeffersonville 11-3.

• Analysis: There’s no doubt this game will come down to the fourth quarter. When in doubt, take the team with the closer. As well as Jeff junior Haley Vogen has been playing, Tanner Marcum has proven she can carry the Bulldogs in pressure situations.

• Greg’s Pick: New Albany 51, Jeffersonville 44.



SATURDAY

BOYS — Henryville at Borden

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Henryville 0-9 (0-2 Southern Athletic Conference); Borden 9-2 (4-0 SAC).

• Rankings: Borden — Class A No. 7.

• Last year: At Henryville 89, Borden 84.

• Last 15 years: Henryville 12-11.

• Analysis: Knowing what we know now, it’s stunning to me that Henryville beat Borden a year ago. This year, the Braves will run the Southern Athletic Conference table.

• Greg’s Pick: Borden 68, Henryville 40.



BOYS — Madison at Floyd Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Madison 6-5 (0-4 HHC); Floyd 3-10 (0-3 HHC).

• Last year: Floyd Central 50, at Madison 26.

• Last 15 years: Madison 10-6.

• Analysis: The Highlanders showed something in the overtime win over North Harrison. Now it’s time for them to get their first of at least two conference wins.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 43, Madison 41.



GIRLS — New Washington at South Central

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: New Washington 13-2 (2-0 SAC); South Central 5-10 (2-1 SAC).

• Rankings: New Washington — Class A No. 11.

• Last year: New Washington 72, at South Central 54 (regular season); New Washington 53, South Central 43 (sectional).

• Last 10 years: South Central 15-4.

• Analysis: South Central has ruled the SAC for years and coach Randall Schoen is the reason why. But even with Schoen on the sidelines and the Rebels at home, New Wash appears to be a team that just isn’t going to be stopped.

• Greg’s Pick: New Washington 65, South Central 52.



GIRLS — Corydon Central at Floyd Central

• Time: 2:30 p.m.

• Records: Corydon Central 12-5, Floyd Central 9-7.

• Last year: Floyd Central 68, at Corydon Central 54.

• Last 10 years: Tied 5-5.

• Analysis: Corydon has won four straight, including a big win over Madison last week. But something tells me the Highlanders may start to roll toward the tournament.

• Greg’s Pick: Floyd Central 55, Corydon Central 50.



GIRLS — Silver Creek at Eastern

• Time: 7:30 p.m.

• Records: Silver Creek 11-6 (5-2 MSC); Eastern 8-8 (2-4 MSC).

• Last year: At Silver Creek 53, Eastern 40.

• Last 10 years: Silver Creek 8-2.

• Analysis: The Dragons have been dropping close games lately. This is one of those road tests that could test their mettle.

• Greg’s Pick: Silver Creek 45, Eastern 42.



BOYS’ PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Darryl Baker, Jeffersonville

Who else could it be? After 19 points in Friday’s 59-39 win over Floyd Central, Baker scored 31 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, in a 3-point victory over previously-unbeaten Providence on Saturday. Baker made 11 of his 18 field goal attempts, including 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line, and was 4-for-5 from the foul line. He also led the Red Devils with four rebounds and three steals in the win over Providence.



Area’s Other Top Performers

• George Knott, Providence: 28 points on 12-of-17 shooting, six rebounds in Saturday’s 59-56 loss to Jeffersonville; team-high 11 points in Tuesday’s 47-34 win over Crawford County.

• Javen Reeves, New Albany: 13 points, seven rebounds in Friday’s 56-48 win over Madison; 12 points in Saturday’s 69-36 win over Scottsburg.

• Calvin McEwen, Clarksville: Team-high 17 points, including three 3-pointers, in Friday’s 55-46 overtime win over Corydon Central; 16 points in Saturday’s 63-56 win over Austin.

• Aaron Hayes, Christian Academy: 31 points in Saturday’s 63-58 loss to Dupont Manual.

• Jackson Logsdon, Floyd Central: 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, two steals in Friday’s 59-39 loss to Jeffersonville; 11 points in 78-77 OT win over North Harrison on Saturday.

• DeVonta King, Christian Academy: 17 points, 13 rebounds in Saturday’s 63-58 loss to Dupont Manual.

• Drew Hussung, Floyd Central: 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Friday’s 59-39 loss to Jeffersonville; Game-high 17 points in Saturday’s 78-77 overtime win over North Harrison.

• Ian Hughes, New Washington: Team-high 18 points on Friday’s 61-46 win at Henryville; team-high nine points in Saturday’s 57-40 loss to Madison Shawe.

• Tyler Collins, Henryville: 21 points in Friday’s 61-46 loss to New Washington.



BOYS’ POWER POLL

Team    Record    Last

1. Jeffersonville    11-2    2

2. Providence    11-1    1

3. Clarksville    9-3    3

4. Borden    9-2    4

5. New Albany    6-5    5

6. Charlestown    6-4    6

7. Rock Creek    6-9    8

8. Silver Creek    3-9    7

9. Christian Academy    5-6    9

10. New Washington    6-7    10

    Note on the Power Poll: This power poll isn’t based solely on which teams would beat which. Factors like team records and how they are expected to perform in their respective class sectionals are also taken into account.