The Pirates outscored the Pioneers 11-2 over the final 5:50 of the game to beat them for the second time in 10 days, this time 40-32.
“I knew it would be a different game,” said Charlestown coach Jason Connell, whose team pounded Providence 54-28 on Dec. 19. “I knew they’d come out with some fire.”
Actually it was the Pirates who came out hot early, opening up an 11-2 lead. But then the Pioneers (5-3) rallied. They evened the game at 16-all at halftime, then took their first lead (19-17) on Juston Betz’s layup with 4:45 left in the third quarter. It was back and forth for the next six minutes, or so, before Jamal Long’s rebound basket put the Pirates ahead to stay (31-30) with 5:50 to play.
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Charlestown scored the next eight points and 11 of the game’s final 13 as Providence went cold from the field. The Pioneers shot just 2-for-11 in the fourth quarter and were 0-for-4 from 3-point range.
Providence struggled against the Pirates’ 2-3 zone most of the game, shooting just 29.5 percent (13 of 44), including 7 percent (1 for 14) from 3-point range.
“I thought our defensive rebounding was outstanding; we limited them to one shot,” Connell said. “I told them, I said, ‘This game is going to be a game of runs. You’re going to have to beat Providence at their own game, the score is going to be low…so you’re going to have to take care of the basketball and make free throws.’”
Senior guard Korey Harris scored a game-high 17 points for Charlestown while Long added 14.
Freshman guard Landon Sprigler led Providence with nine points off the bench.
Silver Creek and Charlestown met earlier this season. The Dragons beat the Pirates 61-45 on Dec. 1.
“I think it’s the same type of game (as tonight),” Connell said. “I don’t think the scoring will be that low, as low as it was tonight, but I think it’s a game where we’ve got to do the same type of things – defensive rebound, limit them to one shot and get a hand up on all 3-point shots. If we rebound and we value the basketball we’ll be okay.”
Providence (5-3) – Juston Betz 7, Sam Conrad 4, Alex Judd 3, Griffin Libs 4, Eli Coker 3, Landon Sprigler 9, Hunter Byerley 2.
Charlestown (5-2) – Shaun Mansfield 2, Korey Harris 17, Jordan Knoebel 4, Jamal Long 14, Tanner Wesp 3.
3-pointers – Harris 4, Coker 1, Long 1.