By GREG BURTON
Special to Southern Indiana Preps
JEFFERSONVILLE — Coleman is not just a great name for camping equipment. At Jeffersonville on Saturday night, the name Coleman meant outstanding basketball.
Senior Jaden Coleman and his brother Tre Coleman, a sophomore, combined for 43 out of Jeffersonville’s 65 points. Their production carried the Red Devils to a 65-45 win over visiting Providence at Johnson Arena.
Jaden Coleman carried the load in the first half, scoring 18 of his game-high 24 points. For the game, he also snared 13 rebounds.
“I was just attacking the rim and trying to score,” he said.
Score he did, mostly inside the paint, and on break-away layups. The elder Coleman had three dunks on the night, the piece de resistance coming on a spectacular throw-down from a pass by teammate Jacob Jones on a fast break.
“Not only the dunks and the shots (Jaden) made, but the things he did tonight that were extremely special was that he rebounded and played great perimeter defense,” said Jeff coach Joe Luce.
Tre Coleman ended up with 19 points, shooting 8-of-10 from the field
Providence (5-8) played the Red Devils tight for most of the first half. The Pioneers trailed just 16-14 with 4:13 remaining in the second quarter.
However, Class 4A No. 9 Jeffersonville (11-1) ended the quarter on an 11-2 run to lead 27-16 at the intermission.
Providence coach Rob Murawski was generally pleased with his team’s performance overall. He said, though, that a couple of things really hurt.
“I thought we played well at times,” Murawski said. “We were there for the most part. Our rotations were good. Then Cullen (Ebert) got in foul trouble, and that hurt us. And turnovers above the free-throw line killed us.”
The Pioneers ended the night with 22 turnovers. Many of those resulted in easy buckets for the Red Devils.
“Offensively, we scored (45) points and had (22) turnovers. Anytime you score (45) points and have (22) turnovers, that’s remarkable,” said the Providence coach.
Luce was particularly pleased with his team’s defensive effort, especially considering the Red Devils getting off to a slow night from the field.
“The first half I thought we did a really good job defensively,” said Luce. “You give up 16 points, I don’t care who you’re playing, that’s an accomplishment. They (Providence) had two 3’s early, and after that we just gave them 10 more (points) for the half. After three quarters they have just 30 points, so we’re giving them just 10 points per quarter. That’s something we’ve wanted to get better at, and I thought we did that tonight and got some points in our transition. We shot great shots in the first half. We just didn’t hit them.”
Particularly having an off night from the field was Jeff’s Bailey Falkenstein, usually Jeff’s leading scorer. The senior hit just 1-of-11 field-goal attempts and finished with six points.
The second half began with the two teams trading baskets, and the Red Devils had a 10-point lead at 31-21. Things really began kicking in for Jeff at that time, though. Falkenstein’s lone field goal started the Red Devils on an 11-0 run, and the lead was at 20 at 42-21.
Jeff really got many of its transition points during the second half, and that changed the game for good.
“As far as speeding the game up, we got some steals and easy baskets, and once you do that you get some easier shots from the floor,” said Luce.
Besides the Coleman brothers, Jones also reached double figures for Jeff with 10 points.
Sterling Huber paced Providence with 14 points, while Blake Murphy added 13.
The Red Devils punished Providence on the boards, 41-22. Besides Jaden Coleman’s 13 rebounds, Falkenstein snared eight.
“We went small,” said Murawski. “When you’re (5-foot-6), 5-6, it’s hard to rebound the ball against their size.”
Jeffersonville has now blitzed two opponents since losing to New Albany on Jan. 5.
“We got our wake-up call against New Albany. We’re on track a lot better now,” said Jaden Coleman.
Jeffersonville will play at Class 4A No. 6 Floyd Central (11-1) Tuesday in a game that was rescheduled from Friday. Providence will return to the Larkin Center on Tuesday after eight consecutive games away from home against potential Class 2A sectional opponent Crawford County (4-8).
JEFFERSONVILLE 65, PROVIDENCE 45
Providence 8 8 14 15—45
Jeffersonville 12 15 21 17—65
Providence (5-8): Blake Murphy 5-17 1-1 13, Cullen Ebert 1-4 0-0 3, Sterling Huber 5-10 0-0 14, Austin Barnett 3-3 1-2 7, Reece Libs 0-0 0-0 0, Hayden Burke 1-2 0-0 2, Nick Sexton 1-2 1-2 4, Trey Beatty 0-0 0-0 0, Aidan Finnegan 1-1 0-0 2, Alec Fougerousse 0-1 0-0 0, Zach Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Bishop Edwards 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-40 3-5 45.
Jeffersonville (11-1): Tre Coleman 8-10 2-2 19, Jaden Coleman 12-22 0-3 24, Jacob Jones 5-9 0-0 10, Zeke Smith 2-4 0-0 4, Bailey Falkenstein 1-11 4-4 6, Jaylen Fairman 0-4 0-0 0, Hunter Schmitz 0-0 0-0 0, Markez Jordan 0-2 0-0 0, Trevis Oglesby 1-1 0-0 2, Olufemi Kareem 0-1 0-0 0, Izaac Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Michael Garcia 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-65 6-9 65.
3-point field goals: Providence 8-19 (Huber 4-8, Murphy 2-7, Sexton 1-1, Ebert 1-3); Jeffersonville 1-8 (T. Coleman 1-1, Jones 0-1, Z. Smith 0-1, Fairman 0-2, Falkenstein 0-3).
Rebounds: Providence 21 (Murphy 5, Burke 5); Jeff 41 (J. Coleman 13, Falkenstein 8).
Turnovers: Providence 22, Jeff 12.
Total fouls: Providence 10, Jeff 7.
Fouled out: none.
Junior varsity: Jeff 48, Providence 37.