News and Tribune

December 25, 2013

H.S. BASKETBALL: Creek Holiday Tournament features best field in years

Generals, Dragons slight favorites

By GREG MENGELT
greg.mengelt@newsandtribune.com

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Providence coach Lou Lefevre has an unbeaten, highly-ranked basketball team.

But ask him and he clearly has the third-best team at this weekend’s Silver Creek Holiday Tournament.

“Silver Creek and Clarksville are both terrific teams,” Lefevre said. “Those teams are clearly a step above the other two teams. We may have a comparable record, but anyone who says Silver Creek and Clarksville aren’t the favorites is lying to you. It doesn’t mean we can’t win.”

The Class 2A No. 6 Pioneers open with crosstown rival and No. 7 Clarksville. The 5-1 Generals are coming off an impressive three days in which they beat Jeffersonville by 18 points and played one of the best teams in the state, Bowman Academy, to within three points.

“Clarksville is a very, very good team. They have two of the best guards in the area,” Lefevre said of Calvin McEwen and Andrew Jones. “They’re absolutely terrific high school guards. With nobody else, they’d be a good team, but they have some other nice players in [D.J.] Coleman and [Marquise] Parrish — and some others. That’s a tough Game for us.

“We may have to play Clarksville three times, so we better figure out how to compete with them. Anything wonderful we want to achieve this year will probably have to go through [Clarksville].”

Following Saturday’s win over Jeff and Monday’s loss to Bowman Academy, Clarksville coach Jason Connell said he couldn’t even think about Providence yet.

“We’re beat,” he said. “We’ve got a prize to play for, but we’re beat up a little bit, so we’re going to take a few days off and not think about basketball and try to regroup.”

In the other semifinal, Silver Creek (4-1) faces Charlestown (1-4). The host Dragons beat the Pirates 60-32 on Nov. 30 and should have a fairly easy route into Saturday’s title Game.

“In some ways it will be a challenge for us,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “We’ve beaten Charlestown before, but if we think we can just roll the ball out on the court and play, we may have a different result.”

With Clarksville and Providence dueling in the other semifinal and the tourney being played in Sellersburg, Silver Creek may have an advantage in Saturday’s Championship, if it gets there.

“Playing at home is always an advantage for a lot of reasons,” Lefevre said. “But Clarksville is really experienced and very good. I don’t think the little bit of an advantage you get from a homecourt would make them a prohibitive favorite.”

“It’s the holiday tournament, anything can happen,” Connell said. “We all know each other so well, all four teams. I don’t think anyone’s a clear favorite.”

“I think we have as good a chance as anybody,” Hoffman said. “’We’ve got three goals this year — to win the conference and the holiday tournament and the sectional. With the history of the tournament, it is something special to us.”

The Dragons haven’t won the tourney title in four years as Hoffman as head coach. He did win it four times as a player, but he is anxious to return the trophy to the Dragons.

“It wouldn’t be anything for me,” he said. “I’d like to see the players cut down the nets at our place. I want that for these players. That would be special.”



HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

BOYS

MCKEE MUNK INVITATIONAL

At Henryville


Thursday, Dec. 26

    Madison Shawe at Henryville, 10 a.m.

    Crothersville vs. Oldenburg Academy, 11:45 p.m.

    Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

    Championship, 7:30 p.m.



SILVER CREEK HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

Friday, Dec. 27

    Charlestown at Silver Creek, 6 p.m.

    Providence vs. Clarksville, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

    Championship Game, 7:30 p.m.



NORTHEASTERN TOURNAMENT

Friday, Dec. 27

    Game 1 — Southwestern vs. Union County, 9:30 a.m.

    Game 2 — Triton Central vs. Monroe Central, 11 a.m.

    Game 3 — New Washington at Northeastern, 12:30 p.m.

    Game 4 — South Ripley vs. Blackford, 2 p.m.

    Game 5 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 3:30 p.m.

    Game 6 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5 p.m.

    Game 7 — Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6:30 p.m.

    Game 8 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Game 9 — Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 7, 1 p.m.

    Game 10 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 7, 3 p.m.

    Game 11 — Loser Game 6 vs. Loser Game 8, 5 p.m.

    Game 12 — Winner Game 6 vs. Winner Game 8, 7 p.m.



BOB WETTIG TOURMANET

At Richmond


Thursday, Jan. 2

    Game 1 — Indianapolis Metropolitan vs. FW North, 10 a.m.

    Game 2 — Connersville vs. Jennings County, 11:30 a.m.

    Game 3 — Indianapolis Tindley vs. Columbus North, 1 p.m.

    Game 4 — East Central vs. Bedford North Lawrence, 2:30 p.m.

    Game 5 — Fox Creek Christian (Ky.) vs. Jeffersonville, 4 p.m.

    Game 6 — Greenfield Central vs. Norwell, 6 p.m.

    Game 7 — Rock Creek Academy vs. Richmond 7:30 p.m.

    Game 8 — Floyd Central vs. Portage, 9 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3

    Game 9 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 10 a.m.

    Game 10 — Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 11:30 a.m.

    Game 11 — Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 1 p.m.

    Game 12 — Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8, 2:30 p.m.

    Game 13 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 4 p.m.

    Game 14 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 5:30 p.m.

    Game 15 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 6 p.m.

    Game 16 — Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 7:30 p.m.

    Game 17 — Loser Game 9 vs. Loser Game 10, 4 p.m.

    Game 18 — Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4

    Game 19 — Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14, 9:30 a.m.

    Game 20 — Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 16, 9:30 a.m.

    Game 21 — Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 7 p.m.

    Game 22 — Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12, 8:30 p.m.

    Game 23 — Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 11:30 a.m.

    Game 24 — Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16, 1 p.m.

    Game 25 — Loser Game 17 vs. Loser Game 18, 11 a.m.

    Game 26 — Loser Game 19 vs. Loser Game 20, 5 p.m.

    Game 27 — Winner Game 17 vs. Winner Game 18, 2 p.m.

    Game 28 — Winner Game 19 vs. Winner Game 20, 4:30 p.m.

    Game 29 — Loser Game 21 vs. Loser Game 22, 3:30 p.m.

    Game 30 — Loser Game 23 vs. Loser Game 24, 6 p.m.

    Game 31 — Consolation Game, 3 p.m.

    Game 32 — Championship Game, 7:30 p.m.



GIRLS

FLOYD CENTRAL SHOOTOUT


Friday, Dec. 27

    Fern Creek (Ky.) at Floyd Central, 9:30 a.m.

    Jeffersonville vs. Ballard (Ky.), 11 a.m.

    Indianapolis HomeSchool vs. Fern Creek (Ky.), 2 p.m.

    Ballard (Ky.) vs. Bloomington South, 3:30 p.m.

    Indianapolis HomeSchool at Floyd Central, 6:30 p.m.

    Bloomington South vs. Jeffersonville, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Fifth-place Game, 9:30 a.m.

    Consolation Game, 11 a.m.

    Championship Game, 1 p.m.



WASHINGTON COUNTY INVITATIONAL

Friday, Dec. 27

    Eastern vs. West Washington, 6 p.m.

    Salem at Henryville, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

    Championship Game, 7:30 p.m.



NORTH CENTRAL TOURNAMENT

Friday, Dec. 27

    Brebeuf vs. North Central, Noon

    New Albany vs. Hamilton Southeastern, 2 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Consolation Game, 10 a.m.

    Championship Game, 2 p.m.



RUMBLE ON THE RIVER

At Southwestern, Hanover


Friday, Dec. 27

    Game 1 — Connersville vs. Austin, 10 a.m.

    Game 2 — Fishers vs. Scottsburg, Noon

    Game 3 — McCutcheon at Southwestern, 2 p.m.

    Game 4 — Silver Creek vs. Columbus East, 4 p.m.

    Game 5 — Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2, 6 p.m.

    Game 6 — Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

    Game 7 — Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 10 a.m.

    Game 8 — Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, Noon

    Game 9 — Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6, 2 p.m.

    Game 10 — Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 4 p.m.

    Game 11 — Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

    Game 12 — Championship Game, 8 p.m.



CHARLESTOWN HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT

Friday, Jan. 3

    Silver Creek at Charlestown, 6 p.m.

    Clarksville vs. Providence, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 4

    Consolation Game, 6 p.m.

    Championship Game, 7:30 p.m.