By GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
In its third trip to Evansville, New Albany finally got a win, 53-50 over North on Friday.
The Bulldogs were 0-3 against Southern Indiana Athletic Conference teams before Friday’s triumph.
“It’s good to come down to Evansville and finally get a win,” New Albany assistant coach Mike Warren said. “It’s a good confidence-builder for sure.”
Jermaine Parrish led New Albany, which has now won four straight games, with 15 points.
“Jermaine did a good job of attacking the basket,” Warren said. “He didn’t settle for jumpers. He did a nice job of penetrating the gaps.”
Josh Rogers added 11 points and Anthony Edwards had seven points and 10 boards for the Bulldogs, who jumped out to a 28-21 halftime lead.
After the Huskies (7-6) made a run in the third quarter, New Albany made 15 of its 19 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to hold them off.
“We played really well in the first half,” Warren said. “They came out in the second half and made it a close game.”
The Bulldogs will try to get their fifth straight win tonight at Jasper.
• Braves knock off Orleans: Garrett Vick hit a shot in the lane with 4.6 seconds remaining to give Borden a huge 37-36 road win at Orleans on Friday.
Tommy Mitchell’s shot from the top of the key at the buzzer missed short for Orleans (8-7), which knocked the Braves out of last year’s regional.
“It’s a huge win,” Borden coach Doc Nash said. “It was two good teams going at it. Orleans is a tough place to play. We were lucky to get out of there with the win.”
Michael Lynch led Borden with 13 points and Jalen McCoy had nine, but it was Vick who made the big play.
“It was a busted play and he just made a play,” Nash said of Vick’s game-winner. “He’s a tough kid.”
Borden trailed 20-18 at the half in a low-scoring affair.
“I thought our kids played extremely hard and competed,” Nash said. “When we get our confidence back shooting the ball, we’re going to be really, really good.”
NEXT: Borden (12-2) at Rock Creek Academy (7-9), Feb. 2.
• Dragons get another big win: After opening the season 3-10, Silver Creek has two big wins this week, including Friday’s come-from-behind 61-54 victory at Madison.
The Dragons had already upset Class 2A No. 4 Providence 37-32 on Tuesday.
Early Friday, it appeared the Dragons wouldn’t start their first winning streak of the season as the Cubs jumped on top 17-13 at the end of one quarter and 32-24 at the half.
Carson Wattenbarger, who had a game-high 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting, led Madison (7-7) to the early lead with 19 first half points, including all four of his 3-pointers.
In the second half, Creek switched to man-to-man and — as a unit — held Wattenbarger to five points.
“The adjustment really paid off,” Dragons coach Brandon Hoffman said. “We got back to grinding it out and making it tough on their team to score.”
Silver Creek also started scoring itself. After a 24-point first half, the Dragons exploded for 37 points in the second, including 22 in the fourth quarter alone.
Shae Durham led the charge with a team-high 20 points, but the Dragons got at least four points from seven different players.
“We had a lot of great contributions,” Hoffman said. “Shae had a career night and shot the ball well. That’s the best we’ve played offensively all year.”
NEXT: Silver Creek (5-10, 0-5 MSC) hosts Salem (0-13, 0-5), Friday.
• Highlanders edge Owls on road: Floyd Central won its first road game of the season and its first Hoosier Hills Conference game, 50-49 over Seymour on Friday.
“We’ll take any win,” Floyd coach Randy Gianfagna said. “But it’s our first road win and our first conference win, so I’m excited for our kids.”
The Highlanders led by 10 points early in the third quarter, but an Owl run that included a six-point possession — including a technical foul — gave them 36-34 advantage at the end of three quarters.
With eight seconds left, Jackson Logsdon hit two crucial free throws to put the Highlanders up 50-47. Seymour then missed a 3-pointer and tipped it in at the buzzer for the final margin.
Only four Floyd players scored in the contest, led by Logsdon’s 20. Drew Hussung and Colton Kimm scored 12 apiece and Trevor Smith added six.
Chase Salmons and Jacob Moore combined for 31 points for Seymour .
NEXT: Floyd Central (4-12, 1-5 HHC) hosts Evansville Reitz (9-6), tonight.
• Pirates fall out of MSC race: Class 3A No. 5 Brownstown Central outscored Charlestown 37-17 in the second half to beat the Pirates 64-45 and pull even with Clarksville atop the MSC at 6-0.
The loss also essentially eliminated Charlestown from MSC contention with its second loss.
Chris Braun led the Pirates with 16 points and Aaron Daniel added 14. Brownstown (13-1) was led by Skylar Thompson’s 26 points.
NEXT: Charlestown (8-5, 3-2 MSC) at Austin (6-8, 2-4), Thursday.
• Pacers take down New Wash: New Washington fell behind Switzerland County 19-6 at the end of one quarter and fell to the Pacers, 66-40 on Friday.
After playing even with Switzerland County in the second quarter, the Mustangs were outscored 17-6 in the third quarter.
“We have to be more focused on the details on both end of the court,” New Wash coach Jonathan May said.
The Mustangs committed 29 turnovers, but May said he saw improvements in his team.
“That’s way too many,” he said. “But I saw some carry over from things we worked on in practice this week. We are improving.”
Ian Hughes led New Wash with 15 points. Dustin Cooper added nine for the Mustangs, who have lost three straight.
For the 10-4 Pacers, Austin Clark led the way with 20 and T.J. White contributed with 14.
NEXT: New Washington (6-9, 2-1 SAC) at Lanesville (9-5 , 2-1), Friday.
• South Central stops Henryville: Henryville fell to 0-11 overall and 0-3 in the Southern Athletic Conference after Friday’s 72-41 loss at South Central.
The Rebels (9-5, 1-2) jumped on top of the Hornets for a 19-9 lead after one quarter and a 36-18 halftime advantage behind the play of Kyle Pease. Pease scored 28 points and knocked down all six of South Central’s 3-pointers.
Tyler Collins led Henryville with 22 points.
“I thought we got good shots,” Henryville coach Dan Carmony said. “But we have to make good shots when we get them.”
NEXT: Henryville (0-12, 0-4 SAC) host Crothersville (6-9, 0-3).