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Silver Creek traveled to Huntingburg to continue their path in the state tournament. Fans were excited about Regional Saturday arriving early to prepare for their Dragons’ morning session match up against the home-standing Southridge Raiders.


Silver Creek and Southridge battled throughout the contest at Memorial Gymnasium as the Dragons took the 55-40 win to advance to the championship.

The Dragons faced the Bulldogs of Evansville Bosse for the right to advance to Saturday’s Final Four. Silver Creek fell 81-55 in the championship.

Silver Creek- 55

Southridge- 40

The Dragons hit the scoreboard seconds after tip when junior Zane Gross nailed a jumper. Silver Creek started a 5-0 run before Southridge’s Matthew Price hit one from behind the arc. The Raiders took the lead with a three from freshman Colson Montgomery at the 2:43 mark. Silver Creek regained the lead 10-9 with 24 seconds left in the first period and never lost the lead again.

Silver Creek pushed the lead to seven, 16-9, half way through the second quarter before the Raiders fought back to cut the lead to one, 18-17, at the halftime break.

The third quarter was much like the second as both teams tallied nine points in the stanza. Dragon senior forward Bennett Beyl tallied four in the quarter as Southridge’s Garrett Voegerl added four for the Raiders in the eight minutes.

Silver Creek came out ready to finish the game in the last quarter. The Dragons went on a 7-0 run to spark a 26 point quarter. Gross, Kooper Jacobi and Ty Kessinger found the bottom of the net in the run while Gross added one from the charity stripe. The junior added a lay in at the 4:50 mark of the contest to push the Dragon lead to 10, 38-28. Silver Creek continued to pull away from the Raiders as the last minutes of the game seen the Dragons at the charity stripe for the majority of the possessions.

Silver Creek went 10-for-13 from the line during the last minutes of the game to seal the 55-40 win.

Silver Creek’s Gross led all scorers with 14 while Jack Hawkins added 12 points for the victorious Dragons. Beyl chipped in 9 as Jacobi and Kessinger added 5 points. Josh Landers, Hunter Popp and Trey Kaufman added a bucket to round out the scoring.

Southridge was led by Joe LaGrange with 13 points. Voegerl and Montgomery added 5 points each. Jacob Masterson chipped in 4 while Matthew Price added a triple. Logan Seger, Justin Lammers and Jaden Hayes each added a bucket for the Raiders.

Evansville Bosse- 81

Silver Creek- 55

Silver Creek found the scoreboard within seconds of the start of the Southridge Regional Championship as senior Bennett Beyl nailed one from behind the arc.

The Bulldogs went on a 13-0 run  through the middle of the first quarter before Silver Creek’s Jacobi Kooper recorded the Dragon’s second bucket of the contest. Trey Kaufman added four in the remaining minutes of the quarter and Zane Gross chipped in a bucket for Silver Creek. Evansville Bosse held the 22-13 lead after the first quarter of play.

The second period scoring started slow as the first bucket did not come until the 5:32 mark when Bosse’s Mekhi Lairy nailed two from the charity stripe. Silver Creek did not score until the 3:10 mark when Gross hit two from the line as Bosse held the 33-15 advantage.

The only other score for the Dragons before the half was a three from senior Sammy Barnett. Bosse added 23 points in the quarter as they held the 45-18 half time lead.

Silver Creek’s Gross came out of the half time break to open the scoring just seconds into the quarter. Bosse senior standout and Regional MVP Lairy answered with a three to push the Bulldogs lead to 47-20.

A lay in from Bosse’s Jaylin Chinn and bucket from D’Angelo Ware forced a Silver Creek timeout at the 4:18 mark with a 54-23 Bulldog lead.

Silver Creek continued to battle through the quarter with Kessinger picking off a Bosse pass for the steal and lay in. He was fouled on the play and calmly nailed the free throw for the old-fashioned three point play. The play was the last score for the period as Bosse held the 66-35 advantage heading into the final eight minutes of play.

The Dragons did not give up in the final quarter as Silver Creek poured in 20 points in the last quarter of the season. Gross nailed a three at the 7:22 mark before Hunter Popp recorded a bucket for the Dragons. Bosse’s Lairy drove the lane for a bucket before Silver Creek’s Gross did the same at his end of the court.

Silver Creek ended the scoring for the game at the free throw line going 6-for-6. The Dragons never gave up and fought to the final buzzer but Bosse took the 81-55 win for the Class 3A Southridge Regional Championship.

Silver Creek was lead by Gross with 14 while Hunter Popp added 9 points. Trey Kaufman and Kooper Jacobi chipped in 8 points each while Kessinger added 7 and Bennett Beyl added 6 points. Sammy Barnett added three for the Dragons.

The Bosse Bulldogs were led by Mekhi Lairy with 29 points. Jaylin Chinn tallied 23 points and D’Angelo Ware and Jaylen Minor added 6 points each. Javen Layne had 5 points and George Madison, III and Kiyron Powell added four points.  Donovan McNeal and Will Lucy chipped in a bucket to round out the scoring.

Silver Creek had six seniors lace up their sneakers and wear the Dragon orange and blue for the last time including guards Keaton Goss and Kobe Coleman, forwards Bennett Beyl, Sammy Barnett, Hunter Popp and Jacob Garrett.

Silver Creek finished their season at 20-6. Bosse (24-4) will face Danville (22-4) at the Washington Semi-State this Saturday.