Braves back up No. 1 ranking
Number one? You bet.
Brownstown Central’s boys basketball team brought its No. 1 ranking and a sizeable crowd to Corydon Central’s gymnasium on Saturday night.
With both clubs owning a spotless records in Mid-Southern Conference play, the war was expected to go a long way in deciding the league championship.
The host Panthers managed to turn a blowout into a respectable loss, however a loss it still was to Class 2A’s No. 1 team, 67-59.
Brownstown’s Pat McClintock scored a game-high 32 points, including three threes in the first minute of the affair. Teammate Eric Parker added 18 more points.
The Braves (12-1, 6-0 M.S.C.) were red-hot early, opening up a 15-2 lead with 3:05 left in the first period.
Corydon Central (8-6, 4-1) managed just four more points the remainder of the period and trailed by a 21-6 margin.
Over the game’s opening 11:30, Parker and McClintock were the Braves’ only scorers.
The offense finally came to life for the Panthers when Lucas Taylor swooshed a three and knocked down a pair of free throws. Shawn Walker tacked on a deuce to bring the deficit to single digits, 23-15.
Later, Walker got three the old way, but more offense in the form of Parker and Jerry Hickman kept the separation at 31-20 at the half.
In the third period, Brownstown opened up another 20-point lead, 44-24 before Corydon made one last push that stretched into the fourth quarter.
Points from Walker, Jared Ashton, Scott Decker and Ryan Herndon whittled the Braves’ lead to 55-46 with 5:58 left in the game.
McClintock came to the rescue for the visitors and had a personal 6-0 run to effectively put the game away.
Corydon Central was 2-10 from the field in the first quarter and finished at 19 of 45. The club was 4-12 on treys and hit 19 of 23 free throws.
Rebounding and turnovers were dead-even at 27 and 12, each.
Decker finished with 17 points for the Panthers, Taylor had 10, Walker notched nine and Saulman and Key rolled in eight apiece.
Brownstown hit 25 of 45 shots, including 14 of 20 in the second half. The Braves sank 7-20 from three-point land and dropped in 10 of 19 shots from the foul line.
One night earlier, Corydon Central picked up a win at Paoli.
The Panthers led at the first break, 14-4 and extended the margin at each stop, winning 81-54.
Key scored 18, Billy Saulman put in 11, Walker and Decker had 10 apiece and Calvin Saulman scored eight for the winners.
Paoli was paced by the 18 points of A.J. Warren.
Corydon Central eyes a pair of M.S.C. matchups this weekend as it travels to Eastern (9-5, 3-3) on Friday and hosts Charlestown (5-9, 0-5) on Saturday.
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