For the first time in a decade, the championship game of the Silver Creek Holiday Tournament will be a rematch.
The host Dragons beat Clarksville 56-44 in Tuesday night’s first game, before Charlestown slipped past Providence 40-32 in the nightcap.
Silver Creek (9-0) will take on the Pirates (5-2) at 7:30 p.m. in Wednesday night’s final. It’s the first championship rematch since the Pioneers downed the Dragons in the ‘04 and ‘05 finals.
Silver Creek beat Charlestown 58-40 in last year’s title tilt.
The Dragons’ defense was the difference in the second half of their game.
The Generals (2-6) led 27-25 at intermission and 29-25 after center Alex Taylor scored seconds into the third quarter. But that was before Silver Creek went to its full-court press and began forcing Clarksville into turnovers.
“We went through a span there in the third quarter, and beginning of the fourth, where we woke up a little bit and played with the energy that we should’ve played with all game,” Dragons coach Brandon Hoffman, whose team previously beat the Generals 61-57 on Dec. 4, said. “We got a couple stops and a couple scores, and that was pretty much the ball game.”
GALLERY | Silver Creek beats Clarksville
Clarksville had two more turnovers (five) than field goals (three) in the third quarter, when the Dragons outscored it 13-8.
Silver Creek led by three after three quarters, and by the same margin early in the fourth before it outscored the Generals 14-5 over the final 5:16.
Christian Reed scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Ryan Baker added 15 points while Alex Long tallied 10 for the Dragons, who shot 43.9 percent (18 for 41) from the field but made 12 of 14 free throws.
Taylor topped Clarksville with 18 points, however, he missed much of the third quarter after picking up his third foul. The Generals didn’t do themselves any favors from the free throw line in the final frame, going 3-for-10 from the not-so-charitable stripe.
Silver Creek (9-0) – Ryan Baker 15, Christian Reed 23, Alex Long 10, Cameron Stephens 2, Zane Gross 4, Zach Densford 2.
Clarksville (2-6) – Bryce Hale 6, Benett McEwen 3, Alex Taylor 18, Cody Leonhardt 7, Christian Stewart 5, Murphy McEwen 3.
3-pointers – Baker 2, B. McEwen 1.