SELLERSBURG — Host Silver Creek posted its second consecutive blowout win — and first Mid-Southern Conference victory — in capturing a 60-32 victory over visiting Charlestown on Saturday night in Sellersburg.
It was a struggle from the outset for the Pirates, who wilted underneath Silver Creek's full-court press, relinquishing 10 turnovers in the opening quarter as the Dragons opened the game with a 17-2 run.
"We didn't execute," said Charlestown coach Sean Smith, whose squad was playing in its season-opening contest. "We definitely had a deer-in-the-headlight look when we got out there tonight — and they're a veteran, excellent team. And, they sensed it. [Silver Creek] had a killer instinct."
Junior forward Gabe Bauer nailed a 3-pointer for Silver Creek (2-0, 1-1 MSC) on its opening possession, and the trey began the Silver Creek onslaught.
The hosts rolled to a 17-2 advantage with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter following a 15-footer from sixth-man Zach Davidson.
Davidson led Silver Creek with 11 first-half points as the Dragons enjoyed a 33-12 advantage at intermission.
Silver Creek's length — which includes 6-foot-6 forwards Christian Reed and Jake Steele, 6-4 forward Sam Garr and 6-3 swing forward Bauer, also hampered Charlestown all evening.
The Dragons were plus-13 on rebounding with Reed grabbing eight and Garr and Davidson grabbing six apiece.
"Our goal is to be the best rebounding team in the state," Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. "When that ball comes off the rim, we expect to be there to grab it. It's what we're hanging our hat on."
Bauer led Silver Creek with 14 points on an efficient 5 of 9 shooting from the field, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range. Davidson and junior guard Nick Tinsley chipped in with 11 points apiece.
But it was the full-court press that left Silver Creek's stamp on the win. The Dragons collected 21 turnovers in all. Smith said his squad would be bettered suited to stand up to the pressure the next time they face it.