HENRYVILLE – Six-foot-four Jamal Long played big all night while 5-9 Korey Harris came up big in the clutch for the Charlestown boys’ basketball team Tuesday night.
Led by those two seniors, the Pirates pulled out a 41-37 win at Henryville.
Long scored a game-high 18 points while Harris scored four – all in the final 1:44 – as Charlestown posted its seventh straight victory over the Hornets.
“This is a tough place to play, when I was coaching at Clarksville, now at Charlestown, this is a hard place to play. I thought we just got a few things to go our way (late),” Charlestown coach Jason Connell said. “It was up for grabs. I thought defensively, the last four or five possessions, I think we did a really good job of making them take some tough shots and getting some big rebounds.”
The Pirates had won the previous six meetings in this Clark County showdown by an average of 12.8 points per game. However four of those contests – including last season – were settled by seven points or less.
This one was back-and-forth most of the way. Charlestown (2-2) led 10-9 after the first quarter, behind eight points from Long. Henryville (1-2) held a 19-17 advantage at the half and the Pirates edged ahead 32-31 after three.
The fourth quarter featured more of the same as the Hornets took a 37-36 lead on Nick Walker’s free throw with 2:46 to play. However after a Henryville miss, Harris scored his first two points of the game – and the go-ahead basket – on a layup with 1:44 left.
Then on the Hornets’ subsequent possession, Harris blocked 6-3 Henryville forward Thomas Green’s shot to get the ball back for Charlestown.
Harris then hit a pair of free throws with 30.5 seconds to play to give the Pirates a 40-37 lead. They hung on from there.
Charlestown (2-2) – Shaun Mansfield 5, Korey Harris 4, Jordan Knoebel 6, Jamal Long 18, Tanner Wesp 4, Trey Woodward 4.
Henryville (1-2) – Braxton Robertson 11, Elijah Weeks 3, Nick Walker 13, Thomas Green 10.
3-point goals – Walker 2, Long 1, Weeks 1.