Christian Reed wouldn’t be denied.
The Silver Creek senior center scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods to lead the Dragons to a 58-49, come-from-behind win over Charlestown in the championship game of the Silver Creek Holiday Tournament on Wednesday night.
“If you want to be a great player you have to dig in, and the fourth quarter and overtime is a great place to show it,” said Reed, the tournament’s most valuable player.
It’s the second straight holiday tourney title for the Dragons (10-0), who are ranked No. 3 in Class 3-A in the state’s Associated Press poll. However, it wasn’t as easy as last year’s 58-40 triumph over Charlestown in the title tilt.
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The Pirates (5-3) led by 11 points in the third quarter and by nine in the fourth before Silver Creek rallied behind Reed. He had eight points in the final period, when the Dragons outscored Charlestown 15-7, including two free throws with 23.2 seconds to play to tie it up at 44.
“Most teams I’ve played on throughout my life, if you’re down 11 points the morale goes way down,” Reed said. “But with these guys it’s just steady all game, and that means you’re never out of it.”
The two teams scored three points apiece in the first OT as Silver Creek held the ball for the final 2:30 before Jamal Long blocked Zach Densford’s shot attempt at the buzzer.
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The second overtime, though, was all Dragons. They outscored the Pirates 11-2. Reed got Silver Creek rolling with an old-fashioned three-point play 41 seconds in the second extra session to begin a 9-0 run.
“Charlestown played phenomenal,” Silver Creek coach Brandon Hoffman said. “That zone was tough to score on. They hit a lot of tough shots against us. Our offense was putrid the first two and a half quarters until we realized, ‘Hey you know what, we’ve got No. 50 (Reed) on our team, how about we get the ball to him.’ And he needed to realize when he gets the ball he needs to try to score.”
Charlestown, which shot 51.4 percent in regulation, was 1 for 8 from the field in the second OT.
Densford added 11 points for the Dragons.
Long led the Pirates with 17 points while Korey Harris added 12.
All-tournament team: Alex Taylor (Clarksville); Juston Betz and Landon Sprigler (Providence); Korey Harris and Jamal Long (Charlestown); Ryan Baker, Alex Long and Christian Reed (Silver Creek). MVP – Reed.
Silver Creek (10-0): Ryan Baker 7, Cameron Stephens 3, Christian Reed 21, Alex Long 7, Zach Densford 11, Zane Gross 6, Noah Eckert 3
Charlestown (5-3): Shaun Mansfield 4, Korey Harris 12, Jamal Long 17, Jordan Knoebel 8, Tanner Wesp 6, Trey Woodward 2
3-point goals: Long 3, Harris 2, Baker 1, Eckert 1, Gross 1, Knoebel 1, Stephens 1