Senior guard Chad Hudson knocked down a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in the game to lift Jeffersonville to a 34-33 win over host Providence in a boys’ basketball game Saturday night.
Jeffersonville (3-9) had endured a 10-minute scoreless drought — including a third quarter without a point — but managed to make enough plays in the fourth quarter to get the win. Providence (5-6), meanwhile, was unable to get some separation in the third quarter and paid for it later.
“I just wanted to get the win, to finally get the payoff” Jeffersonville coach Matt Pait said. “I’m proud of them.”
Down 24-17 going into the fourth quarter, it looked as if the Red Devils were facing an insurmountable deficit. Then the shots started to fall.
“We got good looks,” said Pait. “You figure they’re going to start falling.”
Dominique Hunter got the Red Devils started with a 3-pointer with seven minutes left in the game, ending a scoring drought that extended back to the end of the first half.
Providence led 26-20 when Jeffersonville’s Anthony Southers took over. Over a two minute span midway through the fourth quarter, Southers had a steal and scored seven points as the Red Devils surged to a 27-26 lead with 4:15 left in the game. It was Jeffersonville’s first lead of the second half — and it was short-lived as Dawson Mitchell scored for the Pioneers to make it 28-27.
After both teams missed free-throw opportunities, Southers scored to make it 29-28 with 1:42 left. Moments later, Jeffersonville had a fast break opportunity, but the Pioneers’ Juston Betz had a steal, setting up a 3-pointer by Cullen Ebert. That put Providence up 31-29 with 1:07 left in the game.
Hudson responded with a field goal to tie it, then Betz scored with 34 seconds remaining to give Providence a 33-31 lead with 34 seconds left.
That set up Hudson’s game-winner.
“I had all the faith in the world,” Hudson said of the shot.
“It was a big shot, it takes a lot of guts to take that shot,” Pait said.
“A credit to Hudson, he made a big time shot,” Providence coach Andrew Grantz said.
For Grantz, whose team had a shot to win it but came up empty, there was disappointment for himself and his team.
“I wanted that one bad,” said Grantz, in his first year as coach of the Pioneers. “I’m proud of the guys, they played hard.”
Both teams got off to a slow start. The Pioneers didn’t drop their first field goal until a put back by Alex Judd with 3:30 left in the first quarter. A three-pointer moments later by Griffin Libs put Providence up 7-2 at the 2:12 mark.
Jeffersonville didn’t notch a field goal until Cameron Northern’s put back with 1:30 left in the first quarter, making it 7-4. Ronnie Todd added a field goal for the Red Devils in the final minute of the quarter and Providence led 7-6 at the end of the quarter.
Both teams warmed up in the second quarter as Jeffersonville took its first lead of the game (8-7) on a put back by Demarre Sims in the opening seconds. Providence bounced back quickly with a three-pointer by Betz that put the Pioneers on top for the rest of the half.
Leading 15-14, Providence got back-to-back buckets in the paint from Mitchell. Trailing 19-14, the Red Devils trimmed the halftime deficit to 19-17 on the strength of a Hudson three-pointer with a minute left in the first half.
Holding Jeffersonville scoreless in the third quarter, the Pioneers didn’t score until the final 1:15 when Ebert knocked down a three and Judd scored to make it 24-17 going into the fourth quarter.
For the game, Southers scored nine and Hudson eight to lead Jeffersonville. Providence was paced by Mitchell’s ten points, Ebert added nine on three three-pointers.
Jeffersonville (3-9) – Todd 2, Northern 2, Fertig 2, Sims 5, Kimbrough 3, Hudson 8, Hunter 3, Southers 9.
Providence (5-6) – Mitchell 10, Betz 5, Libs 5, Judd 4, Ebert 9.
3-point goals – Betz 1, Libs 1, Ebert 3, Kimbrough 1, Hudson 2, Hunter 1.