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January 15, 2014

10 TO WATCH: Clarksville, Creek looking to stay on top on big MSC Friday

Generals, Dragons both unbeaten in conference play

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — No one will be crowned Mid-Southern Conference champion following this weekend. It could go a long way toward determining the 2013-14 kings of the conference, however.

There are four unbeaten teams left in the MSC. It will be no fewer than two after Friday. Brownstown Central (8-1, 3-0 MSC) travels to Silver Creek (6-3, 3-0), while Corydon Central (8-1, 2-0) hosts Clarksville (9-1, 2-0).

“I don’t think one game is going to win the championship,” said Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman, whose Dragons shared the title in 2011-12, “but if you do lose, it does put you behind the 8-ball.”

Brownstown tied with Silver Creek two years ago before going unbeaten in the league a year ago. The Braves have won the MSC or a share of it for the past four seasons and seven times in the past 10 years.

“For everyone around it, it really gets old, but they’re really good every year,” Hoffman said. “They’re a little bit different this year. In the past, they had guys who beat your up. Now they shoot the ball so well.

“We’re going to have to have our best performance of the year ... a quality team like [Brownstown] with the stakes being so high and coming off Saturday’s disappointment [in a 52-45 loss to Borden]. I can’t fathom us not coming out and playing with a lot of intensity and passion.”

Hoffman said winning the program’s second league crown in three years and its sixth in the last 20 is a big deal. In some ways, it proves more about a team’s prowess than winning a sectional crown, he said.

“It’s a huge deal,” he said. “[A conference title] shows that you are able to be good for a longer period of time, that you withstood a lot of battles within the season. Our conference is really stacked.”

Clarksville and Corydon meet in our Game of the Week. It’s a game that feature a pair of top-6 teams.

Both teams already have resumes to brag about. The Generals have beaten Class 4A Floyd Central and Jeffersonville, rival Providence twice and beat Creek 51-45 for the Silver Creek Holiday Tournament championship. Corydon earlier beat New Albany, Crawford County, Heritage Hills and won at Floyd Central by 31 points last weekend.

“No matter what happens in our game, that’s going to be a really good game,” Hoffman said. “Both of those teams are really playing well, for sure.”

Even with a win Friday, Clarksville isn’t guaranteeed an unblemished weekend. The Generals will face an improved Austin team on the road Saturday. Clarksville has seven conference games left in its final 10 regular-season contests, including home games against Brownstown Central (Feb. 7) and Silver Creek (Feb. 15).

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