Silver Creek runs past Frewsburg

FREWSBURG – Silver Creek coach Rob Genco picked up several paper cups from around his team’s bench and tossed them into a nearby waste basket at the conclusion of his team’s Division 2 basketball game at the Frewsburg Central School gymnasium.

It wasn’t the only time the Black Knights, the state’s second-ranked Class C school, cleaned up the court Friday night.

“To me,” said senior Zed Williams, who scored 19 points to go along with eight assists, six rebounds and four steals in Silver Creek’s 79-55 victory over the Bears, “we can only beat ourselves. If we come to practice and work hard, we can go far.”

Williams, the All-American lacrosse player bound for the University of Virginia, wasn’t boasting. His tone was respectful and at the end of a short postgame interview he thanked a reporter, shook his hand and then headed for the door.

Genco wasn’t surprised at Williams’ postgame demeanor.

“I believe the reason why I coach is it is my platform to help people,” he said. “We talk about relationships and caring about people.”

Based on their play Friday night, the Black Knights don’t appear concerned with who receives the credit either.

Trailing by a point, 23-22, early in the second quarter, Silver Creek went on a 40-10 run over a 13-minute stretch to break the game wide open and run its record to 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the division.

In addition to Williams’ all-around brilliance, Kaine Kettle added 19 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals, Bill Brooks, the 6-foot-7 sophomore, had 16 points, nine rebounds and nine blocked shots and Steve Marcey also chipped in with 16 points.

It was too much for an improving Bears’ squad to overcome.

“We have to play more than a quarter,” Frewsburg coach Tom Nelson said. “They make you play faster than you’re used to. If we were able to play at that speed every day, we could compete with them.”

As it was, the Bears (5-8, 2-5) did more than compete with their guests for just over a quarter, thanks to the hot shooting of Alex Elderkin and Josh Nelson, who both nailed a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. And when the latter drove to the basket for a layup in the first minute of the second quarter, Frewsburg led, 23-22.

After that, however, it was all Silver Creek.

Running at every opportunity, the Black Knights, primed by nine Frewsburg turnovers in the period, got to the rim on almost every possession and finished the half with a 45-31 lead.

“From Day One we’ve said the key to winning basketball is being unselfish,” Genco said. “You shouldn’t care who scores.”

It was more of the same in the third quarter. Behind eight points from Brooks and six apiece from Marcey and Kettle, the Black Knights outscored Frewsburg, 24-6, pushing their advantage to 69-37.

Coach Nelson said Silver Creek is deserving of its lofty state ranking.

“I don’t know if anyone is better,” he said. “I’d like to see them play Olean. I think that would be a heck of a game.”

The Bears, who committed 25 turnovers on the night, were led by Elderkin, who finished with 19 points and five rebounds. Josh Nelson added 10 points, and Brett Johnson had nine points and five boards.

Frewsburg, which doesn’t play again until Jan. 29 when it travels to Salamanca, needs to put a streak together, Coach Nelson said.

“If we’re going to make a difference in the league, we have to make a run,” he said.