JAMESTOWN - Silver Creek girls' basketball player Jordan Brooks is making a name for herself for her shot-blocking abilities.
On Tuesday, with Brooks watching younger brother Billy play in the Section 6 Class C-2 boys basketball semifinals at Jamestown Community College, she could only marvel at his inside presence as he helped lead the No. 1 Black Knights (20-0) to a 75-49 victory over No. 4 Seneca/MST Prep (12-8).
Brooks finished with 24 points 18 rebounds and seven blocks.
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Silver Creek’s Zeddie Williams, left, goes up for a shot during his teams Section 6 Class C-2 boys’ basketball semifinal against MST Seneca, on Tuesday, at Jamestown Community College.
Though 75 points showed Silver Creek's ability to score, it was its defense that helped lead to fast-break points.
"Our guys are programmed to run," Silver Creek coach Rob Genco said. "Zeddie Williams is just as fast in the fourth quarter as he is in the first quarter. His energy is unmatchable. If you want to run with us, we will run you off the court."
After a sluggish start, it didn't take long for Silver Creek to hit its stride as Brooks highlighted a 15-4 run with three monster blocks.
Silver Creek opened the game with three turnovers and had a shot blocked in its first five possessions. However, once the Black Knights found their stride, they never lost it the rest of the way.
During the 15-4 run, with 2:28 left, Brooks blocked a shot at the foul line, grabbed the ball, delivered an outlet pass, ran the floor and got a feed from Zeddie Williams for an easy bucket to make the score, 18-9
"I have to remind myself sometimes he is 6-feet-7 and is 15 years old," Genco said. "The energy he gives us, he starts that with his blocks. At times we were getting fast breaks off his rebounding and blocks."
And when Brooks wasn't blocking shots, he was altering the Indians' shots in the paint.
Silver Creek's Brennan White also contributed in the opening frame as he scored seven points in a two-minute span.
The second quarter saw much of what the end of the first frame looked like as the Black Knights came out running.
And while White and Brooks carried the load in the first quarter, Steve Marcey got the scoring in motion in the second with a 3-pointer on his team's first possession and then had an easy layup off a turnover on the ensuing possession.
The old saying that basketball is a game of runs did not pertain to the Indians as they only strung together consecutive buckets once in the first half. Prep scored five points in a 27-second span, but the Black Knights ended the quarter with a 4 straight points, highlighted by a White layup at the buzzer.
Marcey continued to shine in the third quarter as he scored eight consecutive points in a three-minute span and got the crowd going in the final minute with a nifty behind-the-back pass to Kaine Kettle on a 2-on-1 fast break for a 61-30 lead.
"Marcey started heating up so they guarded Marcey and denied him the ball," Genco explained. "Now you have to stop Zeddie, Billy and Kaine Kettle. It's just how it works. It's how it's been all year. We just have to believe in each other."
With eight minutes remaining, Silver Creek held a comfortable 62-33 edge.
Genco left the starters in the game for the first six minutes and then let them take a well-deserved breather for the final two.
"I told these guys against Olmsted, we gave up 70 points," Genco said. "We can't do that and win games. As we move on, every game is going to get harder. We were doing it at both ends of the court. Our fast breaks were predicated on the defensive end."
NOTES: Williams finished with 15 points 11 rebounds and 11 assists while White added 11 points and Marcey finished with 16.