Dalton Duley keyed a 15-0 run with three 3-pointers in the first quarter to lead undefeated Providence to a 51-29 victory over host Charlestown on Friday night. Duley led all scorers with 15 points.
Despite the convincing victory, Providence head coach Louis Lefevre was anything but convinced his team had played a good game.
“The final score looks like we dominated the game with a defensive clinic, but it was anything but that,” he said. “They missed a lot of shots, and we were very fortunate. I don’t want to have to win games by being fortunate. We’ve played some good games this year, and I don’t think this was one of them.”
Charlestown (3-2) jumped out to a 10-6 lead halfway through the first period behind two 3-pointers by guard Justin Conrad. Then the Pioneers (5-0) took off while the Pirates’ offense stalled. Duley’s first three gave Providence its second lead of the game at 11-10, a lead it would never relinquish. He hit two more for good measure, including one at the buzzer, to give the Pioneers a 19-10 lead after one period. There were no fouls called on either team the first eight minutes.
“I thought we were really fortunate in the first quarter,” said Lefevre. “They were having their way with us. They probably should have had more points. They missed some easy baskets. We hit some perimeter shots and banked some baskets in. If that’s what we’re going to rely on to outplay teams, we’re not going to do very well. We’re not a very good perimeter team by any stretch. We’re not even average.”
You could have fooled Charlestown. The Pirates finally scored again with 4:55 left in the second period on two free throws by guard Chris Braun, who led Charlestown with 12 points. He was their only scorer in double figures, and his free throws cut the lead to 21-12.
Providence center Ryan Pickerrell, who finished with 13 points, scored three inside baskets to stretch the lead to 13 points. The advantage was 17 by halftime after Nano Grantz hit a jumper from the wing at the buzzer for a 33-16 lead.
At halftime, Providence had three players with at least eight points. Its inside/outside attack carved up Charlestown repeatedly.
“The toughest teams to guard are the ones where you don’t know who is going to score,” said Lefevre. “We are very balanced. I think that’s the way to be. Teams can’t zero in on one or two players to stop us.”
Providence outscored Charlestown 13-8 in the third period to stretch the lead to 46-24, then finished out the game with reserves playing the majority of the minutes.
The two teams play again in a couple of weeks, and Lefevre wants to see a much better performance from his team .
“We had a lot of sloppy turnovers and we were fortunate that they missed a lot of shots,” he said. “I don’t like being fortunate. Their offense could have their way with us again.”
Providence (5-0) – Duley 15, Pickerell 13, Knott 8, Grantz 4, Shahroudi 4, Hayes 4, Cahalan 3.
Charlestown (3-2) – Braun 12, Daniel 6, Conrad 6, Chester 3, Sexton 2.
3-point goals – Duley 3, Conrad 2, Chester 1.