The Scottsburg Warriors used the the three point line early and the free throw line late in a 49-40 non-conference road win over the Seymour Owls of the 4A Hoosier Hills Conference on Saturday (Jan. 25).
The victory moved Scottsburg to 10-7 overall while the loss dropped the Owls to 5-9.
The Warriors were paced by three double figure scorers led by senior forward Nick Sebastiao who garnered game high honors with 19. He was joined by senior guard Andrew Slaton who had 11, followed by sophomore forward Hayden Cutter with 10. Junior guard Treyton Owens had five points while senior point-forward Brantley Deaton rounded out the Warriors scoring line netting four points.
Seymour was led by Eric McCoy with 12 points along with Marcus Brooks and Casey Regruth with eight points respectively.
“First off I want to give Seymour and Coach Manns and his staff a lot of credit,” said Scottsburg head coach Brent Jameson. “It’s amazing what they have done in a short amount of time. They really compete and are physical and many times controlled the tempo of the game.”
What was unusual about the Scottsburg scoring line was they recorded five 2-point field goals; had eight 3-pointers (three each by Slaton and Sebastiao along with one by Deaton and Owens) and made a sizzling 15-of-16 from the free throw line.
“We shot the ball really well,” Jameson added. “It was good to see Andrew get it going and knocking down open shots. When he does that he gives us a scoring threat at every position and makes us tough to defend. I thought Nick was fantastic not just scoring but defensively and had a nice skip pass to Treyton on his big fourth quarter three. Proud of our guys finding a way to win on the road in a back to back situation.”
Scottsburg shot an efficient 48% from the field for the game making 5-of-10 of its two-pointers and 8-of-17 from beyond the arch. The Warriors limited the Owls to 38% from the field and 25% on treys. Seymour only allowed two fast break points the entire game but it was a memorable play coming on a dunk off a steal by Sebastiao in the second quarter.
Scottsburg led 14-8 after the opening stanza as Slaton connected on all three of his trifectas on wide open looks while Sebastiao added another and Cutter scored his team’s lone two pointer. The second quarter was more of the same with Sebastiao adding two more treys and a two-pointer while Deaton joined the scoring with his three ball. Cutter got an inside hoop and made two free throws to give Scottsburg a 15 point quarter and a 29-18 halftime edge.
The third quarter had the Warriors starting slow and scoring just eight points as Sebastiao scored six and Cutter two on 4-4 free throw shooting between them. The Owls opened the quarter on a 14-4 run and trailed by one at 33-32 with under 2:00 minutes on a trey by Eric McCoy. But Sebastiao would score four points to end the period with Scottsburg leading 37-32. Seymour won the quarter 14-8.
The final quarter saw the Warriors put the game away from the charity stripe connecting on 9-of-10. Owens scored all five of his points in that final period with a big three-ball at just under the 5:00 minute mark, assisted by Sebastiao, when Seymour had cut the lead to four points. Owens also added 2-2 from the line. Slaton started the quarter scoring off with two free throw makes pushing the lead back to 39-32. Seymour would again cut the lead to four points with just under 3:00 to play on a three by McCoy, 42-38. The Warriors would then make 7-of-8 down the stretch to ice the game.
Shooting 93.6 % from the line was the Warriors best effort of the season as Cutter was 6-6; Sebastiao 4-4; Slaton 2-2: Owens 2-2 and Deaton 1-2. Sebastiao led the team in rebounding with five and assists with three. Cutter added four boards and two assists, while Owens also had two dimes.
Next up for Scottsburg is a Saturday (Jan. 31) non-conference 4A road test against Jennings County of the Hoosier Hills Conference.