The Scottsburg Warriors let a fourth quarter lead slip away and watched its last second come back bid fall short in dropping a hard fought 57-55 non-conference game to the Madison Cubs in historic Meyer Gym on Friday (Jan. 10).
The loss dropped the Warriors to 6-6 overall while the 3A Cubs of the Hoosier Hills Conference improved to 9-2. It was the first home loss for Scottsburg this season.
Scottsburg had four double figure scorers led by guard Treyton Owens with 18 points. He was joined by Hayden Cutter with 13; Nick Sebastiao, 12 and Brantley Deaton with 10 points respectively.
Madison was led by Kaden Oliver with 18 along with Luke Miller who tallied 11.
Trailing 46-45 at the midway mark of the fourth quarter, Scottsburg drilled back to back 3’s by Sebastiao and Owens to grab a 51-46 advantage with 4:49 to play. But Madison would end the game on an 11-4 run to grab the victory.
The Warriors still had a chance to win or tie the game with 9.3 seconds to play after a missed free throw by Madison as the Cubs held a 57-55 lead.
The rebound was advanced quickly up court where Owens had a clean look from the 3-point line on the left wing that was in and out. The scramble for the rebound had Sebastiao attempting an off balanced putback in the paint that came up just short as time expired.
The game was close from the opening tip as Scottsburg led 11-10 after the first quarter and 28-22 at the break. Madison outscored the Warriors 35-27 in the second half.
Scottsburg shot 45% from the field and was 42% from the 3-point line connecting on 5-12. Madison was a sizzling 60% from the field, but more importantly limited the Warriors to just five transition points. Scottsburg scored 13 points off 15 Cub turnovers while Madison converted eight points from 16 Warrior miscues.
Owens chipped in six rebounds to his scoring line including 2-4 on trifectas while Sebastiao led the team in rebounding with seven and three assists. Deaton also had a team best four steals and three assists.
The Scottsburg junior varsity defeated Madison 66-42.
Next up for Scottsburg is an important MSC contest on Saturday (Jan. 11) against North Harrison at 7:30 p.m. in Meyer Gym.