Fueled by twin 18 point performances from Nick Sebastiao and Hayden Cutter, the Scottsburg Warriors made it eight straight Mid-Southern Conference wins by posting a 55-39 victory over the Clarksville Generals on Friday (Jan. 24) at historic Meyer Gym.
The win moved Scottsburg to 9-7 overall and 8-0 in MSC action. The Generals fell to 8-6 overall and 4-2 in MSC play.
Scottsburg used a big second half to blow open a tight game, outscoring Clarksville 36-21 utilizing possessions off turnovers and a rugged inside scoring game.
Sebastiao, a senior, had an 11 point first half. Cutter, a spohomore, had a 12 point second half. The two combined for 15 points in a 21 point 4th quarter. Senior Brantley Deaton scored 13 points with three trifectas while junior Treyton Owens scored five points. Senior Andrew Slaton added a free throw to the scoring line.
As a team the Warriors were sizzling from the floor, connecting on 23-of-39 shots for 59% while downing six 3’s in 13 tries for 46%. Sebastiao filled his stat line by going 7-11 from the floor, 2-4 from behind the arc while adding nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals. Cutter’s big night saw him connect on 9-12 field goal attempts with four rebounds and two assists.
Clarksville was paced by Dae’von Fuqua win 17 points and Dakota Capps with eight as the Generals were limited to 32% shooting from the field.
Scottsburg led 19-18 at the half and 34-30, after Brantley Deaton drained a 3-ball at the buzzer to end the third quarter. Scottsburg then exploded for a 21 point final stanza as the Generals couldn’t match the Warriors tempo and quickness.
The fourth quarter started quickly for Scottsburg with a Sebastiao inside score and a Deaton trifecta getting the Warriors an eight point margin at 39-31. Clarksville would draw a point closer on a free throw by Fuqua with just over 6:00 to play at 39-32, but that was as close as the visitors would be the remainder of the game.
Scottsburg would score five straight points off a transition 3-ball by Owens and a bucket by Cutter, pushing the lead to 12 at 44-32 with 5:49 to play. After another Cutter score the Warriors led 46-35 with 4:12to play.
The games dagger came on a thunderous dunk by Sebastiao off an alleyoop feed from Deaton as the Warrior fans in the “Pressure Cooker” erupted. Sebastiao’s play pushed the lead to 55-37 near the 1:55 juncture to finish out the Warriors scoring for the night.
Deaton posted another solid all around game hitting 3-6 on his three pointers while dishing off a team high four assists grabbed two rebounds and had one block. Owens added four rebounds and three assists. Slaton contributed three assists and two steals.
Scottsburg had 17 points in transition opportunities during the game while netting 37 points in the paint.
Next up for Scottsburg is a Saturday (Jan. 25) non-league game on the road against the 4A Seymour Owls of the Hoosier Hills Conference.