Three near perfect quarters spelled three-peat for the Providence boys’ basketball team on Saturday as they won the 46th Silver Creek Holiday Tournament with a 50-30 victory over Clarksville.

For the Pioneers, who won the first tournament in 1961, it was their 10th title overall.

After expanding a 17-8 first quarter lead to 29-10 at halftime, Providence (6-2) scored the first points of the third quarter on a basket by Luke Fitzgerald then watched Clarksville (5-4) run off 14 straight points.

Fitzgerald scored all seven third quarter points by the Pioneers then scored leading off the fourth quarter to build the lead to 12 at 38-26. Josh Noe answered with a rebound basket for the Generals. Clarksville’s Elijah Johnson then scored to answer a three-point basket by the Pioneers Matthew Leist, but despite being barely into the quarter, those would be the Generals last points.

On the night, the Pioneers shot 19-of-38 from the field which included the 3-for-11 third quarter performance. And it couldn’t have been drawn up any better for the Pioneers — who at the end of the first three quarters held the ball for the last shot, and made it.

“We’ve been a team all year that when we have a big halftime lead we feel good about ourselves,” said Providence coach Louis Lefevre. “We’ve seen this before where a team would get a run, and we would come down and take good shots but tense up.

“I thought that in the first half we did a good job in taking them out of what they wanted to do, then in the third quarter we let them do anything they wanted. That makes us nervous on offense.”

Nervousness didn’t seem a problem for Fitzgerald, voted the tournaments Most Valuable Player after his 31-point performance which followed a 22-point effort the night before in a 63-49 semifinal victory over Silver Creek.

“He’s a tough-minded kid,” Lefevre said after Fitzgerald hit 12-of-18 from the field including 5-of-9 from three point range.

Fitzgerald, along with senior teammates Matt Lilly and Brad Coombs were expected to step their games up after Justin Benedetti’s knee injury.

“I think that just a testament of how good of team we can be,” Fitzgerald said. “Everyone has stepped up.”

While Fitzgerald was the only Pioneer in double figures, Johnson led Clarksville in scoring with 10 points. Johnson had eight of the Generals’ 10 first-half points despite picking up his third foul with almost six minutes left before halftime.

“That was a gutsy move on their part leaving him in,” Lefevre said. “We did a great job on Josh Noe (six points.), you can’t let them get the ball inside or let them kick it out to Glidewell because he can hit the three.”

Providence must now face Clarksville in a regular season matchup as they host the Generals on Jan. 5.

“This is almost the same situation we were in last year,” Lefevre said. “We beat them in the opening round of the tournament last year (59-42) and then we came back and got spanked (52-47). So I don’t think that we’ll forget that.”

Charlestown-Silver Creek

In the consolation game, Charlestown came back from a disappointing performance against Clarksville on Friday for a 70-57 victory over Silver Creek.

Charlestown (6-3) trailed 11-9 early, then reeled off 10 straight points.

Charlestown had a balanced attack led by Zach Merschbrock with 20 points. Bowman Thrasher added 14 points and seven rebounds while Clayton Merschbrock added 10 points and Josh Hubbard had nine, all in the first half as the Pirates built a 36-25 halftime lead.

“We were really disappointed in our effort on Friday night,” said Charlestown coach Sean Smith. “We came here expecting to win the tournament, not to be playing in a consolation game. I challenged the team and they responded well.”

Josh Kight and Spencer Robinson each scored 14 points to lead Silver Creek (5-4). Michael Inman added 10 points.

Smith also praised the play of senior reserve Justin Reid who had eight assists and just one turnover.

“He doesn’t get a lot of shots, but does a lot of the dirty stuff and does a great job.” Smith said.

Charlestown will travel to Seymour on Jan 6. while Silver Creek will host Eastern on Jan. 5.

Joining Fitzgerald on the All-Tournament team were Lilly and Coombs of Providence, Johnson and Noe of Clarksville, Zach Merschbrock and Thrasher of Charlestown and Kight of Silver Creek.



Championship

PROVIDENCE 17 12 7 14—50

CLARKSVILLE 8  2 16 4—30

Providence — Lilly 5, Coombs 2, Leist 8, Fitzgerald 31, Hardin 0, Schueler 4, Coots 0.

Clarksville — Fisher 7, Masters 4, E.Johnson 10, Glidewell 3, DeMoss 0, Noe 6, Merchant 0, Reeves 0.

Three-Point Goals — Providence 8 (Fitzgerald 5, Leist 2, Lilly); Clarksville 1 (Glidewell).

Rebounds — Providence 21 (Fitzgerald 7); Clarksville 21 (Fisher, E.Johnson 6).

Turnovers — Providence 6; Clarksville 11.



Consolation

SILVER CREEK 11 14 14 18—57

CHARLESTOWN 17 19 15 19—70

Silver Creek — Kight 14, Inman 10, Townsend 4, Miller 6, Robinson 14, Harper 2, Koetter 4, Clayton 3, Underwood 0, Hamm 0.

Charlestown — Brady 5, Z. Merschbrock 20, Thrasher 14, Hubbard 9, Evans 4, Chastain 1, Reid 2, C. Merschbrock 10, Grayson 3, Copeland 2, Smith 0, Upton 0.

Three-Point Goals — Silver Creek 4 (Robinson 2, Kight, Clayton); Charlestown 2 (Hubbard, Brady).

Rebounds — Silver Creek 33 (Kight, Townsend 8); Charlestown 34 (Thrasher 7).

Turnovers — Silver Creek 19; Charlestown 20.

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