CLARKSVILLE — Ben Shahroudi scored 12 of his game-high 15 points in the decisive fourth quarter as No. 6 2A Providence eased away from visiting Charlestown to capture a 34-25 victory at the Robert I. Larkin Center last night.
For most of the contest, however, coach Lou Lefevre said Shahroudi, who scored a career-high 23 points against Austin in a win on Wednesday night, wasn’t playing up to his potential.
“Defensively, Ben can be a terrific player, but sometimes, like a lot of our players, he gets a little lazy and doesn’t do his best. A couple times during the game I asked him, ‘Are you tired?’ and he’d say no,” Levevre said. “When he gives his best, he’s terrific, and that’s what you want from a senior.”
For most of the contest, the Pirates (1-4) hung tough with the Pioneers, but in the fourth quarter, Providence forced Charlestown into eight turnovers, something that frustrated coach Sean Smith.
“I think both teams played pretty doggone good defense,” said Smith, whose squad forced Providence into 16 turnovers of their own in the contest. “Our offense in the fourth quarter. ... It was their best offense. Too many turnovers. We panicked. They turned up the pressure, and we played scared all through the fourth quarter.”
Charlestown jetted out to a 6-1 lead with 5:20 remaining in the first quarter after forward Hunter Crace hit a short jumper.
After a 3-point play by Pioneer guard Ben Shahroudi and baseline jumper from forward Brad Koerner off a steal,
Providence tied up the game at 6-6 wtih 4:31 remaining. The lead would change several times throughout the remainder of the quarter, although Ramirez rattled home a 3-pointer at the first quarter buzzer that gave Charlestown a 13-11 lead.
Ramirez’s trey stung, in particular, because Providence blew a scoring chance late in the quarter when guard Grant Goad missed a breakaway dunk attempt with seconds left. Off the rebound, Daniel Schuler was fouled but missed both free throw attempts, and that led to the buzzer-beater.