Silver Creek's season ends in regional final with loss to Evansville Bosse

Silver Creek's season ends in regional final with loss to Evansville Bosse

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Silver Creek's season ends in regional final with loss to Evansville Bosse

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WASHINGTON, Ind. – Silver Creek’s dream of playing in the semi-state fell one game short ,as the Dragons lost to Evansville Bosse 60-57 on Saturday night in the 3-A regional final at Washington.

Christian Reed, Ryan Baker and Cameron Stephens led Silver Creek (22-5) with 12 points each. Evansville Bosse was led by Mekhi Lairy, who scored a game-high 15 points, including the last two on free throws with 21 seconds remaining.

GALLERY: Silver Creek vs. Evansville Bosse

The first period was played tightly as both teams felt each other out. Silver Creek had five baskets, all by different players, to lead 11-10 at the end of the first eight minutes. At that point Bosse began to assert its quickness. The Bulldogs got three consecutive layups off of Dragon turnovers to pull out to a 16-11 lead.

Zach Densford (10 points) scored inside off a nice pass by Reed to cut the lead to three, but Reed picked up his second foul with 5:30 left in the half. It was crucial that someone step up for Silver Creek, and Ryan Baker answered the call. His 3-pointer and two free throws kept the Dragons within two points until the Bulldogs pulled out to their biggest advantage of the game at 25-18.

Creek responded with a 6-0 run but Bosse got two 3-pointers, the second by Lairy with two seconds left, to take a 31-26 lead into the locker room.

Silver Creek immediately cut the lead to one in the third period behind baskets by Densford and Reed, and again on a putback by Zane Gross (9 points).

Midway through the third period, the Dragons twice took the lead on 3-pointers by Stephens. The first came with 3:50 left in the third that made it 37-35, the second a minute later gave Silver Creek a 40-37 advantage.

Bosse refused to flinch. Lairy hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 40, and when Quentavian Stewart scored inside the Bulldogs wouldn’t trail again. But they couldn’t shake the Dragons, either.

Reed hit four free throws out of six attempts to keep the Dragons within 52-50. The number one problem for Silver Creek was No. 1 for Bosse, guard Jaylin Chinn, who scored from the top of the key, twice at the line, on a drive off a crossover dribble and then on another free throw, all in succession, to keep the Dragons at bay. Chinn’s 11 points off the bench were crucial for the Bulldogs.

The last drama was set up by two missed free throws on the front end of one-and-ones by Bosse, then a 3-pointer by Baker that cut it to 58-57 with 22 seconds left. But Silver Creek fouled Lairy immediately on the inbound pass, and the sophomore calmly sank both foul shots.

The Dragons called two timeouts at the end, the last one coming with eight seconds left, but the only shot they got off was a Baker 3-pointer that was well-contested and ended up well short.

Silver Creek 11 15 18 13 – 57
Evansville Bosse 10 21 15 14 – 60

Silver Creek (22-5): Christian Reed, 12, Ryan Baker 12, Cameron Stephens 12, Zach Densford 10, Zane Gross 9, Jacob Garrett 2.

Evansville Bosse (18-10): Mekhi Lairy 15, Erik Bell 11, Jaylin Chinn 11, Javien Langley 9, Quentavian Stewart 6, Jaidon Hunter 4, Trey Johnson 2, Ethan Thomas 2.

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