Senior guard Myles Ervin scored 22 points, including eight late in the fourth quarter, to help visiting Floyd Central hold off a Jeffersonville comeback attempt, and the Highlanders pulled away to post a 64-54 win in a boys’ Hoosier Hills Conference basketball game Friday night in William S. Johnson Arena.
“He was outstanding,” Floyd Central coach Todd Sturgeon said of Ervin. “But that’s how seniors are supposed to play when you want to win on the road.”
Both teams had a lot of “want to” — but it was the Highlanders (7-2, 1-1 in the conference) that made the plays when it counted.
The Highlanders never trailed and had used a third-quarter surge to build a 47-31 lead after two free throws by Bryce Hudson with 7:14 left in the game.
But the Red Devils (2-9, 1-3) got hot and made a run at the Highlanders.
“They started making some shots,” Sturgeon said. “Shooting is a great equalizer.”
Down 48-33 with 6:44 left in the game, a tip-in by Jeff’s Demarre Sims got the Red Devils started at the 6:25 mark. Then Jeff’s Chad Hudson took over. His driving basket, followed by to 3-pointers helped trim the Floyd Central lead to five (50-45) with 4:40 left in the game. Moments later, Sims knocked down a 3-pointer and the Red Devils trailed 52-48 with 3:20 remaining.
They would get no closer than four. Two field goals and four free throws by Ervin — from the 2:21 mark to 1:07 left in the game, helped the Highlanders to a 60-50 lead.
Floyd Central was unable to get much separation from a hustling Red Devils squad in the first half. The Highlanders hit their first three shots — two field goals by J.C. Kinnaird and a 3-pointer by Ervin — to grab a 7-2 lead at the 6:42 mark of the first quarter. The lead was 11-4 when Jeffersonville fought back. Anthony Southers worked the offensive glass and hit two free throws, then Chad Hudson knocked down a 3-pointer to pull the Red Devils to within two — 11-9 at the 4:20 mark.
Floyd Central answered with a 3-pointer by Colton Kimm moments later, but the Red Devils kept it close with a 5-0 run to tie it a 14 with 1:35 left in the first quarter.
The Highlanders weren’t phased. A 3-pointer by Garrett Mehling and a steal and assist by Bryce Hudson — leading to a dunk and three-point play by Connor Sturgeon — made it 20-14 at the end of the first quarter.
Jeff’s Michael Minton hit a 3-pointer to start the second quarter, making it 20-17, and it remained close throughout the rest of the half.
Floyd Central built a six-point lead (30-24) midway through the quarter after back-to-back baskets by Connor Sturgeon. But a nice move by Jeff’s Chad Hudson – a harbinger of things to come in the fourth quarter – made it 30-26. The Highlanders took a four point lead (31-27) into the locker room.
The third quarter was almost all Floyd Central. Jeff showed some life early with a 3-point play by Sims to trail 33-30 with just over a minute gone in the second half. Those were the only points Jeff scored in the period as the Highlanders surged to a 45-30 lead going into the fourth quarter. Floyd Central capped the 12-0 run on a full court driving layup by Ervin — another harbinger of things to come in the fourth quarter.
For the game, Chad Hudson hit four 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 24 points to lead Jeffersonville. Southers and Sims finished with 10 each.
Kinnaird added 14 points for the Highlanders.
Floyd Central (7-2, 1-1) – Kinnaird 14, Ervin 22, Lewis 3, B. Hudson 5, Kimm 3, Sturgeon 9, Mehling 3, Crum 5.
Jeffersonville (2-9, 1-3) – Southers 10, Todd 7, C. Hudson 24, Sims 10, Minton 3.
3-point goals – Ervin 1, C. Hudson 4, Kimm 1, Todd 1, Mehling 1, Minton 1, Sims 1.