NEW SALISBURY —
“We told him that he was going to get beat on pretty bad tonight,” Hoffman said. “For him to stay in there and keep battling shows a lot of maturity. He’s only a sophomore but he’s really mature.”
Brownstown’s Austin Snodgrass, who led all scorers with 15, hit a triple and then had a put back to give his team a 26-21 lead with 3:22 left in the third quarter. You could sense that one more basket from the favored Braves could spell doom for Creek.
“When we played them last week, it was a four-point game at halftime,” Hoffman said. “We were in that same position and they went boom, boom, boom – three straight 3s on us. In the huddle tonight when they got that lead, we said ‘Here we are – the same position.’ This time we punched back instead of getting knocked out.”
Nick Tinsley led the sectional champs with nine points. The junior guard was a perfect 6 of 6 on free throws, which followed up a 10 of 10 performance in Friday night’s semifinal win.
“We made our free throws, made big shots, went after all the loose balls, and it came out really good for us,” he said. “After [Brownstown] beat us [in the regular season], we were told to get it out of our head, but to also remember it because we knew we were going to get another shot at them. We got it and it ended up the way wanted it to.”
The near-impossible sectional task of beating three ranked teams in four days may seem like child’s play compared to Silver Creek’s first-round Washington Regional opponent, No. 1 and defending state champion Greensburg. However, for now, the Dragons are more than happy to soak in their 12th sectional crown.
“We’ve done something here to really be proud of,” Hoffmans said. “We’ve had so many hurdles thrown at us all year. We’ve had our ups and downs, some injuries and other stuff, but it’s all about coming together at the right time and we did it.”