The Scottsburg Warriors couldn’t come up with the big play late as they dropped a home non-conference nail biter to the Paoli Rams 46-41 on Tuesday (Feb. 18) in historic Meyer Gym.
The loss moved the Warriors to 12-10 overall, while the 2A Rams of the Patoka Lake Conference notched its seventh straight win and improved to 17-3.
The Rams were led by Brett Bosley and Parker Sullivan who combined for 30 points with 17 and 13 respectively. The Warriors scoring line was headed by senior Nick Sebastiao with 15; junior Treyton Owens, 14; sophomore Hayden Cutter, eight; and senior Brantley Deaton with four points.
The game was a slow paced affair with few transition opportunities while defense was at a premium. The teams were deadlocked at 11 after the first quarter and the Rams took a three point edge at halftime as Bosley got loose in the lane for a layup as time expired. Sebastiao scored 13 first half points to lead Scottsburg.
The third quarter went to the Warriors 9-8, as they trailed 32-30. But Paoli started the final period hot scoring six straight points to take a 38-30 lead on a Sullivan trifecta with just over 6:00 minutes to play.
The Warriors came right back with seven straight points behind some pressure defense and transition scoring. Owens hit a corner 3-ball and baskets by Cutter and Deaton cut the lead to one at 38-37 near the 3:00 minute mark. Bosley responded with a pair of free throws to push the margin back to 40-37 followed by Owens and Bosley trading baskets to give Paoli a 42-39 edge with just over 2:00 minutes remaining.
After empty possessions by both teams Owens scored near the 1:00 minute mark to pull the Warriors back within a point at 42-41. But that would end the Warrior scoring for the game. The Rams John Moon made two free throws at the 0:26 juncture for a 44-41 Paoli margin.
Scottsburg had a chance to tie the game after taking a timeout with 17 seconds remaining but had a costly five second call turnover on an inbounds play. Forced to foul, Scottsburg sent Moon back to the stripe where he made two more free throws to end the scoring.
Paoli was 9-10 from the free throw line in the game, hitting 4-5 in the final quarter. Scottsburg was 0-2 for the game from the charity stripe.
Statistically the game was even as Scottsburg was 43% from the field including 31% from the 3-point line and turned the ball over 11 times resulting in 13 Paoli points. The Rams were 38% from the field and 31% from the arch, while committing nine turnovers leading to 10 Warrior points. Both teams had 42 attempts from the field. Paoli won the battle of the boards 27-24 with eight second chance points compared to six for Scottsburg.
Deaton led the Warriors in rebounding and steals with six and three respectively. Sebastiao had three trifectas and led the team with four assists and two blocks. Owens had a big second half with 12 points and finished the game with two 3-balls, five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Cutter was 4-6 from the field with four boards and a steal. Senior Andrew Slaton had three assists and a steal.
The Scottsburg junior varsity dropped a 62-56 decision to Paoli in double overtime.
Next up for Scottsburg is another none league affair against the 2A Southwestern Hanover Rebels of the Ohio River Valley Conference on Saturday (Feb. 22) at 7:30 p.m. in Meyer Gym.