CLARKSVILLE — Just when it seemed like the Providence Pioneers boys' basketball team couldn't buy a free throw, all it took was one for them to win the game.
Senior Brad Koerner hit the second of two free-throw attempts to give the Pioneers a 51-50 lead with less than a second remaining in their home contest against Floyd Central Saturday night. Myles Ervin's three-quarter court shot at the buzzer missed the mark, giving Providence their fifth consecutive win to start the season.
"I don't know what else to say," Providence coach Lou Lefevre said of the Class 2A No. 6 Pioneers. "It was an ugly game. I hope our players aren't happy with just having a good record. Yes, we'll take the win, but when they look back at this game, I think I'll have a different recollection of this one than they will.
"It was really awful. Both teams just weren't good. Neither team did the things they needed to do to win. But we won. Merry Christmas to us.”
Providence ended the game with the win despite only shooting 17 of 50 (34 percent) from the foul line. Floyd Central coach Mark Lieberman credited Providence's effort on offense in getting to the line that often.
"We were out-toughed, out-classed, you name it," Lieberman said. "Nothing about this game was indicative of the type of basketball I coach. They were just tougher than us in every way, shape and form. I don't have any answers right now. I'll watch the tape, and we'll see."
The Pioneers came out of the gate hot, outscoring the 0-4 Highlanders 14-2 over the first five minutes and 24 seconds of the contest. While going on that initial run, the Pioneers held the Highlanders to 1 of 9 shooting and forced five turnovers.