By HANSON CRAFTON
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The Braves ended their regular season on a high note with a 45-42 win over 2-18 Salem on Friday.
“It was an emotional night, it being Senior Night,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “We were able to make a couple plays down the stretch to pull out the victory.”
Both teams got off to poor starts. Salem scored just one first-quarter point and Borden’s Garrett Vick shouldered the scoring load netting all eight Brave first quarter points.
Both teams opened up in the second quarter. Josh Vollstedt caught fire for Borden and scored 13 of its 17 points in the frame. Salem put together 15 points of their own sending the game into the half with a 25-16 Borden advantage.
Salem got back into the game after the break, and closed the gap completely entering the final quarter knotted at 33.
In the fourth quarter the Braves tightened up on defense and were able to make the timely plays to close the regular season at 16-4.
Vollstedt finished with a game-high 20 points and hit four of the team’s five 3-pointers. Vick added 11 points for the Braves.
Borden begins sectional play Friday and will await the winner of Rock Creek (13-9) and South Central (5-16).
BORDEN 45, SALEM 42
Salem 1 15 17 9—42
Borden 8 17 8 12—45
Salem scoring: Hobson 8, Jackson 7, Aker 7, Couch 7, Zink 6, Nice 4, Jerrell 3.
Borden scoring: Josh Vollstedt 20, Garrett Vick 11, Brian McGee 8, Brady Knight 3, Caleb Hart 2, Cody Craddock 1.
3-point field goals: Salem 5 (Couch, Zink, Aker, Hobson, Jackson); Borden 5 (Vollstedt 4, Knight).
Free throws: Salem 7-9, Borden 8-14.
Junior varsity: Borden 47, Salem 42.
ROCK CREEK THUMPS CANNELTON, 70-55
The Rock Creek Lions will enter section play on a four-game winning streak after a 70-55 drumming of Cannelton on Friday.
Rock Creek looked to end the season with the victory and jumped on the Bulldogs from the opening tip.
With a 40-22 Lion lead going into the half, Rock Creek was in full control and was able to empty its bench.
“This was a good win for our guys,” Lion coach Chris Brown said. “It was Senior Night and we were able to play all 11 guys.”
Devin Burt led Rock Creek with 17 points. Will Brown scored 16, Ronald Karenzi added 10 and Gedeon Nzombi was a rebound away from a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
Rock Creek (13-9) will face South Central (5-16) Tuesday in the opening round of the Class A Borden Sectional.
ROCK CREEK 70, CANNELTON 55
Cannelton 11 11 10 23—55
Rock Creek 18 22 16 14—70
Cannelton scoring: Littles 13, Garrett 9, Miller 9, Simmons 8, Morris 8, Buke 6, Powers 2,
Rock Creek scoring: Devin Burt 17, Will Brown 16, Ronald Karenzi 10, Gedeon Nzombi 10, TJ Hayes 5, Reggie Bailey 4, Dontrez Jessup 4, Jeremiah Wilkinson 4.
3-point filed goals: Cannelton 4 (Miller 3, Garrett); Rock Creek 2 (Hayes, Brown).
Free throws: Cannelton 7-10, Rock Creek 4-8.