While playing a nearly flawless second half, Brownstown — ranked No. 8 in Class 3-A — used a stifling half-court defense to smother host Silver Creek 55-30 Tuesday night in boys’ high school basketball.
The Braves (17-3, 8-1), 111-12 over the past five seasons, clinched a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title with Corydon and Clarksville, if the Generals can slip past Silver Creek (12-6, 6-2) on Thursday night.
“It was a great team defensive effort,” Brownstown coach Dave Benter said. “It all started with that. Our defense led to a couple of easy baskets. Tonight might be the most complete game we’ve played.
“It was just one of those nights that snowballed,” Benter said. “We’ve been on the other end of that. Everything went right for us and everything went wrong for them.”
Brownstown led just 25-21 early in the first half before mounting a 17-2 run that demoralized the Dragons.
“Our guys need to bottle it — the way we played in the second half,” Benter said. “We were getting stops and started to shoot it well. … That’s the best half I’ve had a team play in a while. We did everything. We shot the ball well. We guarded. We had low turnovers. There were a lot of good things that happened in the second half.”
Silver Creek managed just 11 points in the second half. Zach Davidson and Gabe Bauer led the anemic offense nine points apiece.
On the offensive end, guard Chaz Schneider scored more than half of Brownstown’s points. He hit 10 of 13 shots, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range, and he made all three of his free throws for 28 points.
“Chaz was really good,” Benter said. “Silver Creek was chasing him and he had guys all over him. … Chaz was really unselfish in the second half. He was creating shots for other people.”
Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said, “There’s no excuses. Brownstown played a phenomenal game. They really took it to us in the second half. … They couldn’t have played any better and we had a lot to do with that.”
Now the Dragons must get ready for Clarksville.
“I don’t want (the players) to take anything away from this game,” Hoffman said. “I want them to forget about it and get ready for Clarksville Thursday.
“It will take a lot of heart,” Hoffman said. “It will take a lot of character. We’ll see on Thursday. I know I’ll be ready.”
Benter said he’s confident Silver Creek will bounce back.
“Silver Creek’s got a great basketball team,” he said. “They’re going to recover. Silver Creek’s a dangerous team. They’re still a huge sectional contender. They’re going to bounce back from this.”