Senior guard Drew Hussung had a big first quarter, then knocked down six straight free throws in the final minute of the game to make sure his 20-point effort wasn’t in a losing cause as host Floyd Central held off Silver Creek 55-50 in a boys’ high school basketball game Saturday night.
“He was huge in the first quarter, keeping us in it,” Floyd Central coach Randy Gianfagna said. “And he did what seniors are supposed to do — knock those free throws down.”
After both teams had put together runs throughout the game, the fourth quarter was a tight back-and-forth affair.
With the score tied at 35, Silver Creek surged as Zach Davidson knocked down a 3-pointer and sophomore reserve Sam Garr hit two free throws to make it 40-35 with 5:59 left in the game.
Floyd Central’s senior big man, 6-8 Codie Hamsley, was playing with four fouls, but he helped the Highlanders fight back. Hamsley, Hussung and Colton Kimm helped break the Silver Creek press and combined for seven points to push Floyd Central to a 42-41 lead with 4:45 remaining. The score was tied at 43 and 45 before the Highlanders got the push they needed.
With 1:25 left in the game, sophomore reserve Jackson Logsdon knocked down a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 — giving Floyd Central the lead for good.
“We want him to shoot,” Gianfagna said of Logsdon.
But in the final minute it was all Hussung, who hit of 6 from the line for the Highlanders (1-1).
It was close early on with two lead changes and three ties in the opening three minutes. But after Floyd Central tied the score at 8 on a field goal by Hussung at the 4:51 mark, the Dragons caught fire.
Back-to-back threes by Jake Steele and Davidson put Silver Creek on top 14-8 at the 3:50 mark of the first quarter. It was 16-10 when Floyd Central responded.
Hussung hit two threes, including one at the buzzer, and Hamsley had a putback as the Highlanders closed out the final 2:18 of the first quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 18-16 going into the second quarter. Hussung’s buzzer beater that put Floyd Central on top gave the senior guard a game-leading 12 points.
At the start of the second quarter, it was Kimm who led the way. His five points, including a 3-pointer, in the opening four minutes helped the Highlanders to a 25-16 lead at the midway point of the quarter. Kimm added a free throw at the 3:29 mark to make it 26-18, but it was the last point the Highlanders would score in the half.
In the final minutes of the second quarter, Silver Creek picked up the defensive pace and it paid off. Sparked by Gabe Bauer’s two steals and four points in the final 1:27 of the half, the Dragons pulled to 26-24 at the break.
Defenses held sway in a physical and low-scoring third quarter. Floyd Central led 31-28 after a three by Logsdon at the 2:18 mark, then Silver Creek answered with threes by Layne Taylor and Lucas Barnett.
Barnett’s long-range basket with 1:36 left gave the Dragons their first lead (34-31) since the final minute of the opening quarter.
Silver Creek led 35-32 going into the final stanza.
For the game, Floyd Central had four players in double figures, Hamsley with 14, and Kimm and Logsdon scoring 10 each to go along with Hussung’s game-high effort. Silver Creek (1-2) was paced by Bauer’s 12 points. Davidson added 10.
Silver Creek (1-2) – Steele 4, Davidson 10, Barnett 8, Bauer 12, Durham 4, Taylor 7, Garr 2, Howell 3.
Floyd Central (1-1) – Hussung 20, Kimm 10, Hamsley 14, Logsdon 10, Truong 1.
3-point goals – Hussung 2, Steele 1 Davidson 2, Barnett 2, Kimm 1, Logsdon 3, Taylor 1, Howell 1.