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Floyd sends Pirates to 'Davy Jones'


March 04, 2009
For a while Friday night, things looked a little grim for the Floyd Central boys' basketball team in its final regular season game against Charlestown. The Highlanders, however, pulled out their best Errol Flynn imitation in the second half to send the visiting Pirates to Davy Jones' locker, 73-68.

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Floyd Central's Ben Allen goes underhanded against Charlestown's Timothy Hall in the first half. Hall was called for a foul on the play. (Photo by Wade Bell)
"Double-digit wins, we're happy about that," said Floyd Central coach Randy Gianfagna, whose team finished 10-10 for the regular season. "We're excited."

Floyd Central showed that excitement in the first quarter by connecting on 9 of 11 shots. The Highlanders' 6-7 center, Jeffrey Thompson, came out like a beast, scoring the first six points, each with authority. Floyd Central continued to find the paint a good working area as Ryan Adam and Buddy McAfee also scored inside to give their team a 10-2 lead.

The Pirates kept their composure, however, with Steven Coyne and Bryan Williams getting a deuce and three-ball, respectively, to close the gap to three.

The Highlanders held the edge until Charlestown buried two more 3s near the end of the period for a 17-all tie.

Charlestown's confidence grew in the second period, as the Pirates used a 10-4 burst for a 27-21 lead, led by two more 3-pointers by Williams.

This time the Highlanders had to keep their heads and pulled back in front, 32-31, with a 7-0 run.

The lead switched hands three times, but Charlestown finished the half with a 7-0 run, taking a 40-34 lead to the locker room at the break.

"When we went in at halftime, I was probably the most disappointed of all year for them to give up 40 points," Gianfagna said. "Basically, they just isolated us and took us off the bounce. We knew that (Bryan Williams) and (Chad Brady) were shooters. (Terry Crenshaw) beat us off the dribble a bunch. If he didn't score, he kicked it to one of those two."

The Pirates continued their barrage in the third quarter with a 7-2 burst for a 47-36 lead. Floyd Central again didn't panic and slowly ate into the Charlestown lead.

Brandon Codey and Cody Banet scored inside to cut the deficit to seven. The Highlander rally continued as Banet fired a broadside 3 to pull his team within three.

Charlestown took the lead back to seven early in the fourth quarter, but a Ben Allen long ball closed the gap to one.

Following a Pirate free throw, Allen sank two freebies and Adam drilled a 3 to tie the game at 65. With just over two minutes to go, Allen scored inside, pushing Floyd out front to stay.

Charlestown hit only one of its last five shots, and the Highlanders went on for the 73-68 win.

"We just wanted to keep them in front of us and contest some shots, keep them out of the paint," Gianfagna said. "Then, down here, I thought we were forcing shots. We missed a bunch of bunnies. We always want to get to the free-throw line more, and they got to it tonight, so we're lucky to get a win."

Adam had a big night for the Highlanders with 22 points, and Banet followed with 16. Thompson finished with 12 for the Highlanders, who were 30 of 49 (61 percent) from the field. Floyd Central hit 8 of 11 free throws and committed 13 turnovers.

"He's a senior," Gianfagna said of Adam. "(Buddy McAfee's) a little disappointed tonight, but he carried us for two weeks, so he's allowed that one stinker. He missed a couple of chippers inside. It just happened."

"I thought Jeffrey had a great start to the game," he said. "But, then they started isolating and we needed to up our tempo and they started running us back down the court. At that, we were just really upset."

Crenshaw came off the bench to lead Charlestown with 22 points. Williams added 18 points, and Brady followed with 11. The Pirates were 23 of 48 (47 percent) from the field and 14 of 16 from the stripe. Charlestown made 15 turnovers.

"We're excited to be 10-10," Gianfagna said. "I didn't think the game would turn out the way it did. … We got it to three, and then once we got the lead, I felt we'd be fine."

The Highlanders opened the Seymour Sectional against Hoosier Hills Conference rival Jeffersonville last night (Tuesday).

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