Some nights, things just go your way. Some nights they don’t.
Once in a great while, a team will have one of those nights where things go its way, and almost nothing goes in favor of its opponent.
That’s what happened Friday at the Charlestown Sports Arena as Providence fell behind early before taking control and never looked back in 51-29 defeat of Charlestown.
With Justin Conrad drilling two 3-pointers right out of the gate, the Pirates were able to build a 10-6 lead.
Then something happened.
Providence proceeded to run off 15 straight points to extend a 19-10 lead into the second quarter. The Pioneers front-line combination of Ryan Pickerrell, George Knott and Dalton Duley combined to hit 8-of-9 first-quarter shots, including 3-of-3 from behind the arc by Duley.
But the numbers tell a different story, according to Providence coach Lou Lefevre.
“I thought we played a very shaky first quarter,” Lefevre said. “We made a lot of mistakes on defense and they missed a lot of easy shots. We then hit some long-range shots. You look at the final score and you would think that we had an easy time of it, but that first quarter doesn’t tell the story.”
Providence led 33-16 at halftime, extending that lead to 46-24 after three quarters. Despite hitting just 1-of-4 shots from the floor in the fourth quarter, the Pioneers were a blistering 22-of-35 from the floor (63 percent), while the Pirates could manage just 23 percent shooting on 10-of-43. After the first quarter, the Pirates were unable to equal their 10-point outburst.
“From the second quarter on, we played better defense and we able to build the lead,” Lefevre said. “We were fortunate on some shots, though, and I would like that to be different, because over time, it will be skill that will carry you. Overall, this was not one of our better games.”
Duley led the Pioneers with a game-high 15 points. Pickerrell added 13 points. Providence held a 29-21 advantage on the boards with Knott grabbing seven.
“We played well in the beginning. Justin [Conrad] hit a couple of 3s and gave us some energy,” Charlestown coach Sean Smith said. “But defensively, they’re as good as you’ll see. They contested every shot we took, and you have to be a ble to hit a contested shot. And when you get a good look — you have to make it.”
Braun led the Pirates with 12 points, and other than a late 3-pointer by reserve Tristan Chester, he was the only Pirate to hit a field goal after halftime. Braun also grabbed eight boards.
Along with the lackluster first quarter, turnovers were another point that disturbed Lefevre. The Pioneers committed 16 errors.
“We usually tun it over about nine or 10 times,” he said. “We didn’t get enough chances. We play them again in two weeks, and if we play a first quarter like we did tonight, they will be able to build a nice lead.”
Providence will hit the road again tonight as it travels to Floyd Central. Charlestown will have a two-week break before it faces the Pioneers again in the opening round of the Silver Creek Holiday Tournament.
“We play our second straight rival road game tomorrow night,” Lefevre said. Hopefully, we’ll cut down on the turnovers and be more fluid in our offense. We’ll find out.”
“We’re going to basketball camp over the next two weeks,” Smith said. “We’re going back to the basics. These first few weeks have been a blur.”
PROVIDENCE 51, CHARLESTOWN 29
PROVIDENCE 19 14 13 5 51
CHARLESTOWN 10 6 8 5 29
Providence (5-0): Pickerell 13, Knott 8, Duley 15, Grantz 4, Cahalan 3, Shahroudi 4, Goad 0, Hayes 4, Koerner 0, Quinkert 0.
Charlestown (4-2): R eich 0, Conrad 6, A. Daniel 6, Fetz 0, Braun 12, Sexton 2, Martin 0, Combs 0, Taylor 0, Chester 3, Wesp 0, E. Daniel 0.
3-Point Goals- Providence 3 (Duley 3); Charlestown 3 (Conrad 2, Chester).
Rebounds: Providence 29 (Knott 7); Charlestown 21 (Braun 8).
Turnovers: Providence 16; Charlestown 13.
Free Throws: Providence 4-7; Charlestown 6-6.
Junior Varsity: Charlestown 36, Providence 24.