Trailing 40-30 with under two minutes to play in the third quarter, the Scottsburg Warriors were seemingly “dead in the water” after Parker Green drained a 3-pointer giving the West Washington Senators a comfortable 10 point lead.
But from that point on Scottsburg rode a tenacious defense and the hot hand of a pair of veteran players to turn the tide.
Senior forward Nick Sebastiao posted his second straight 30 point game and junior Treyton Owens added 20 more as the Warriors outscored the Senators 34-13 over the final 10 minutes of the contest to post a 64-53 non-conference road win. The duo combined for 26 points to lead Scottsburg’s late rally.
The victory moved Scottsburg to 12-8 on the season, while 2A West Washington of the Patoka Lake Conference dropped to 11-5.
“It was a good win for us against a quality team,” said Warrior head coach Brent Jameson. “The first half was definitely disappointing for us defensively allowing that many points. They were hot but we had something to do with it. Our effort was much better in the second half as we tweaked some things throughout the game and I thought our kids responded well. We finally got some turnovers off our press and it did its job.”
After turning up the defensive pressure to close the third quarter on an 8-1 run and trail 41-38, the Warriors opened the final stanza on a 3-ball by Sebastiao. Followed by a jumper from Owens, Scottsburg grabbed its first lead at 43-41. It was their first advantage since early in the opening quarter at 4-2. The Warriors would never trail again in the game as Sebastiao drilled another trifecta and sophomore Hayden Cutter added a deuce to push the margin to seven at 48-41 with just over 6:00 to play. Scottsburg expanded the lead to 13 points near the 2:00 minute mark and 14 with under a minute to play to put the game out of reach.
“Nick was fantastic scoring 30 points in back to back games.” Jameson added. “He always does the other stuff so well by rebounding and defending. He’s hard to guard when he’s showing his skill set of shooting 3’s, driving or posting up. I thought Treyton had one of his better games. He didn’t force anything and was patient. He made the right play a lot.”
Scottsburg shot 45% from the field and 35% from behind the arc, compared to 43% and 36% for the Senators. The Warriors outrebounded West Washington 34-27 and won the turnover battle causing 14 miscues in 58 Senator possessions with 12 steals. Scottsburg had seven turnovers in 59 possessions with four West Washington steals.
Cutter had 10 points with five coming during the Warriors key run in the final quarter. Senior Brantley Deaton returned to the lineup and had four points to round out the Warriors scoring line.
Sebastiao had all six of his team’s three-pointers with five coming in the crucial second half. He stuffed his stat sheet with another “double/double” hitting 9-13 from the field, 6-9 from the 3-point line, was 6-8 on free throws, had 12 rebounds, four steals and an assist. Owens added five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Cutter had six rebounds and two blocks while Deaton posted four rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block. Senior guard Andrew Slaton had two assists as junior guard Noah Smith contributed two rebounds and an assist. Sophomore forward Javis Roush recorded two assists, two steals and a rebound.
“Javis was one of our unsung heros today,” Jameson said. “It was his second varsity game and he got a lot done. He was on the court during our run and his energy and defense was a big part of it.”
For West Washington Green finished with 19 points and was joined by Holden Bowsman with 14 and Jake Strange netting 12.
West Washington took a 16-8 first quarter lead and 33-25 edge into the intermission. The second half belonged to the Warriors however, outscoring the Senators 39-20 in the final two quarters including 26-12 in the final period.
The Warrior junior varsity defeated West Washington 62-54 as coach Dustin Marshall’s team moved to 12-6 overall.
Next up for Scottsburg is its final Mid-Southern Conference game of the season against the defending 3A State Champion Silver Creek Dragons on Friday, Feb. 14 in historic Meyer Gym. Game time is 7:30 p.m. Scottsburg is 8-0 in MSC play.