|Braves win battle for West Clark supremacy|
Friday night Borden traveled to New Washington to take on the Mustangs and picked up their fourth conference win. Saturday night the Braves traveled to Silver Creek to take on the Dragoons to win 52 to 45. Two big wins close to home.
Friday Borden applied their tough defense against New Washington causing 11 turnovers in the first half. This combined with Zack Gilliam’s strength inside picking up ten points in the first half put the Mustangs down 30 to 12 at the half. Coach Nash later commented, “We passed up shots for better shots. We came ready to play.”
The second half Borden continued to control the rebounding and basically the game to pull away to a 48 – 32 win.
Lead scorers for Borden were Gilliam with 16 and Caleb Hart with 10
This gives Borden a 4-0 record in the Southern Athletic Conference and a share of the title with one conference game remaining against Henryville. Defeating Henryville will give Borden the conference outright.
Saturday the Braves traveled to Silver Creek to take on the 3A Dragons. Though Borden took the tip off, they went down 8-0 before scoring half way through the quarter. The Braves had seven turnovers for the quarter but kept up in the second half of the quarter to finish trailing 6-13. Most importantly the Braves had gained some fouls on Silver Creeks big inside players.
In the second quarter Borden’s Garrett Vick managed the front court for Borden to successfully minimize the effect of the full court press they faced. Vick and Brian McGee started driving in to draw several fouls specifically the third on the Dragoons 6’6” center Christian Reed. With 32 second left in the quarter Reed ran on the floor without checking in causing a technical foul. The Braves picked up one free throw followed by a three point shot from Caleb Hart with a second left.
As a team Borden hit 9 of 12 free throws in the quarter. This combined with high quality shots powered the Braves past the Dragoons 20 to 9 for the quarter and a 26 to 22 lead at the half. Dragoon coach Brandon Hoffman would comment, “We got into foul trouble and they took us out of our rhythm.”
After the half Borden slowed the game way down and went for the high percentage shot. This seemed to frustrate Silver Creek and take them out of their offensive game. With players in foul trouble the Dragons line up was constantly changing. Borden managed to take control of the rebounding and built their lead to 36-30.
Going into the fourth quarter the Dragoons tried to get back into control. They out rebounded the Braves but shot poorly. Borden maintained the commitment to keep the pace slow. As the Dragoons failed to be able to control of the game their offense and defense broke down. Borden only scored three baskets but they picked up ten points from free throws to finish the game with a 52 – 45 victory.
Borden’s coach Nash said, “It took us a little time to get settled down. Once we did (Brian) McGee handled the defensive pressure and made free throws, Zack (Gilliam) made some shots down the stretch and we played strong. We got a strong game from Garrett Vick. He may run over you but you won’t take the ball away from him.” Nash, when asked if the Borden crowd helped said, “Hey, I can’t say enough about our crowd. It’s a great community and they love their basketball.”
Silver Creek coach Hoffman commented, “You can’t take anything away from Borden, they came here ready to play. We missed a lot of shots, 2 for 25 3-point shots, they came here and out toughed us.”
Borden’s leading scorers were Vick with 16, McGee 11 and Cody Craddock 10.
Silver Creek’s Leading scorers were Gabe Bauer with 12 and Jack Steele with 10.