ERIE -- Kyle Leahy is soft-spoken, and even if he was a chatterbox, he likely wouldn't have much to say about his first season and a half of varsity basketball.
Well, until Saturday.
Leahy has been solid, but with his team garnering few wins, he hasn't gained much notoriety. But Saturday's 62-52 home triumph against Silver Creek marked both a quality win for his team and a breakout performance for Leahy.
He scored a game-high 28 points and knocked down six 3-pointers in the 4A nonleague game, including three in succession in one third-quarter stretch. One of those was turned into a four-point play when he was fouled.
"My last game was rough, I didn't make a field goal, so it was nice to see the ball go in for once," Leahy said modestly.
For an Erie squad that won only two games last season, a win against a Silver Creek squad that entered well above .500 was an undoubted stepping stone. It seemed unlikely when the balanced Raptors (9-6) took a 20-10 lead after one quarter and were playing with zest.
But Leahy and Dylan Brink started bombing away and, by halftime, the Tigers led 30-28. Leahy and Brink combined for six 3s in the half and scored all but four of the Tigers' points.
Brink finished with 19.
"It's been either one or the other with us, one of us off and one of us on," Leahy said. "Tonight we finally had both of us on, and when we shoot it like that, it's pretty tough to beat us."
The Tigers (6-9) kept their foot on the gas in the third quarter and ended up outscoring the Raptors 41-16 in the middle quarters. Silver Creek coach Bob Banning called timeouts immediately after Leahy's second and third 3s in his third-quarter burst, the latter of which put Erie ahead 45-36.
"I didn't think we'd shoot that well tonight, but the last few outings we had some poor shooting nights, so you have to think the law of averages are going to come around," Erie coach Tim Leahy said. "Kyle missed his first shot, and it looked a lot like some he missed (Friday) against Windsor, so I was thinking 'here we go again.'"
Those thoughts didn't stay in Coach Leahy's mind for long, as he praised his entire team for recognizing the hot shooters and for closing out the Raptors in a muddled, foul-plagued fourth.
Trey Fleming led Silver Creek with 14 points and Brock Johnson added 10 points and eight rebounds.
"We weren't stepping out on shooters, really, and we were getting caught on the backside down low," Johnson said. "And (Leahy) was just settling up on the corners to shoot and we couldn't get out on him on time. I give him props."
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Erie 62, Silver Creek 52
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SILVER CREEK (9-6)
Lindsey 2 0-0 4, Fleming 6 1-4 14, Machmuller 2 0-0 6, Johnson 3 4-6 10, Goforth 3 0-2 6, Grine 1 0-0 3, Campbell 0 0-0 0, White 2 2-3 6, Tarin 0 2-2 2, Wright 0 0-0 0, Sjobakken 0 0-0 0, Bachman 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 10-19 52.
Leahy 8 6-8 28, D. Brink 4 8-12 19, C. Brink 0 0-0 0, Melton 1 0-0 2, Tallman 2 0-2 4, Smith 1 1-3 3, Lucas 0 0-0 0, Egan 2 2-4 6. Totals 18 17-29 62.
Score by quarters:
Silver Creek 20 8 8 16 -- 52
Erie 10 20 21 11 -- 62
3-point field goals -- Silver Creek (4): Machmuller 2, Fleming, Grine; Erie (9): Leahy 6, D. Brink 3. Total fouls -- Silver Creek 22, Erie 20. Fouled out -- C. Brink. Technical fouls -- None.