After a 10-year hiatus, Jeffersonville renewed its rivalry with county-foe Charlestown and rolled over the host Pirates 96-66 Tuesday night in boys’ basketball.
The Red Devils, ranked No. 12 in Class 4-A, enjoyed a comfortable lead for most of the contest and then finished the third quarter with a 10-0 run to take firm control.
Jeff coach Chad Gilbert said his team continues to play unselfish basketball.
“We have a bunch of unselfish kids who are winners,” Gilbert said. “That’s an intangible that championship teams have. “That’s the reason we’re 19-3.”
It was easy for Gilbert to find unselfish play after Darryl Baker, the team’s leading scorer, took just nine shots and scored 12 points.
The Pirates started with a box and chaser against Baker.
“We have the best player in the state,” Gilbert said. “But we have other good players, too. … Darryl is so unselfish. He doesn’t care if he scores 12 or he scores 40.”
With Baker being hawked, Keenan Williams took over the offensive load, scoring 20 of his career-high 28 points in the first half.
He missed his first shot, a 3-pointer, but didn’t miss again in the first half.
“I felt really good tonight,” Williams said. “I just kept shooting, shooting, shooting, and it kept going in.”
Williams said he benefits from teams paying close attention to Baker.
“He’s such an unselfish player,” Williams said. “That is what I admire about him.”
Drew Ellis, who hit four 3-pointers, added 22 points. Myles Harvey hit three from beyond the arc and chipped in with 14 points.
“They’re just a tremendous team, highly talented and well-coached,” Charlestown coach Sean Smith said of the Red Devils. “They’re extremely fast and athletic.”
The Pirates (11-8) stayed within shouting distance in the first half, thanks to 18 points from Aaron Daniel, who added a half-court bucket at the buzzer to bring Charlestown within 45-33.
“We got some good looks in the first half,” Smith said. “They just didn’t fall.”
Daniel finished with 24 points, and fellow senior Chris Braun added 15.
The teams have a four-year deal, according to Gilbert.
“It’s good for both schools,” said Gilbert, who played at Charlestown and asked for the series to be restarted. “This game will help them, and it will help us.”
Gilbert said he wasn’t surprised Charlestown agreed to the series.
“They’re not afraid to play anybody,” he said.
Jeffersonville (19-3) – Kwitonda 4, Chandler 6, Ellis 22, Dale 2, Shackleford 6, Baker 12, White 2, Williams 28, Harvey 14.
Charlestown (11-8) – A. Daniel 24, Conrad 9, Braun 15, E. Daniel 1, Combs 11, Chester 6.
3-point goals – Ellis 4, Williams 2, Harvey 3; A. Daniel 2, Conrad 3, Braun, Combs 2, Chester 2.