The Silver Creek boys’ basketball team picked a perfect time to play its best basketball.
The Dragons scored nine straight points midway through the second quarter, went into another gear and smothered No. 6 Corydon 74-51 in the semifinals of the Class 3-A North Harrison Sectional on Friday night.
“All year long, we’ve been wondering what would happen if all our guys came to play on the same night,” said Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman. “That was tonight. Our guys got a little taste of how fun it is Wednesday night (in a 55-51 win over Madison). It’s been fun since then.
“After the draw, nobody gave us a chance. Keep putting walls in front of us.”
Silver Creek (14-8) now will face No. 7 Brownstown in the finals tonight at 7.
The Dragons last won a sectional title in 2000. Since then, they had been 4-13 in sectionals — before Wednesday night.
The Braves (20-3) cruised in the second half and whipped Charlestown 77-41 in the first semifinal.
* The Dragons, who finished the regular season with three straight losses and scored two points in the first quarter Wednesday night against Madison, came out sharp. Silver Creek-Corydon:
After Zach Davidson drilled a 6-footer at the buzzer, Silver Creek led 35-24 at halftime as Davidson pumped his fist in the air and the Dragons rushed into the locker room.
In the third quarter, the Silver Creek lead stayed near the double-digit mark before the Dragons started to pull away early in the final period.
Silver Creek led 48-40 and then went on a 13-2 run to put the game away.
“Our guards were tremendous,” Hoffman said. “We go as our guards go.”
Nick Tinsley, Silver Creek’s point guard who hit all 10 of his free throws, led the Dragons with 21 points.
Silver Creek hit 19 of 20 free throws, and many of those came in the fourth quarter.
“I think we put two great halves together,” Tinsley said. “Throughout the year, we’ve been hit and miss. All of us played well in this game.”
The Silver Creek guards found Gabe Bauer on the perimeter. Bauer hit four 3-pointers while scoring 18 points.
“We’re a family now,” Bauer said. “They’re my brothers. This was so much fun.”
The Dragons are in the midst of a complete turnaround following a 55-30 home-court loss to Brownstown on Feb. 25.
“It takes a lot of character for our guys to be humbled and face setbacks like that,” Hoffman said. “It’s a credit to my assistant coaches and the players for not mailing it in after last week.”
Hoffman said he expects a close game tonight.
“We’re a completely different team this week than what we were last week,” he said. “I can tell you that right now.”
Corydon coach Jamie Kolkmeier said the Panthers just ran into a hot Silver Creek team.
“We really didn’t have any answers,” he said. “Tonight, the better team won. But for most of the year, we were one of the best teams around.”
Bronson Kessinger, Corydon’s 6-foot-7 junior, led the Panthers (19-4) with 13 points.
* The Braves led just 28-20 at the half and then exploded for 49 points in the second half. Brownstown-Charlestown:
For the game, Brownstown hit 13 of 31 3-point attempts and opened the game up by scoring the first 10 points in the third quarter.
Brownstown coach Dave Benter said the Braves finally started to move the ball around and get better shots. “We’re a lot better when we get the ball in the post.”
Austin Snodgrass and Cole Borden paced the Braves with 15 points each.
Charlestown coach Sean Smith credited his team to sticking to its game plan.
“We were right there; right where we wanted to be,” he said. “But that’s Brownstown. They’re an explosive team. They have so many shooters and weapons.”