Heading into the final period, the Scottsburg Warriors found itself involved in another tight game against a good non-conference foe in the form of the 2A Southwestern-Hanover Rebels of the Ohio River Valley Conference.
But another 30 point performance by senior forward Nick Sebastiao guided the Warriors to a 79-60 victory over the Rebels in historic Meyer Gym on Saturday (Feb.22).
Scottsburg held a five point lead heading into the final period and then went on a 15-3 run to start the fourth quarter cruising to the win.
The victory moved the Warriors to 13-10 overall while the Rebels fell to 14-8.
“I was so proud of our team tonight,” said fourth year Warrior head mentor Brent Jameson. “It was an absolute total team effort and the best we have executed from start to finish. Playing against that zone isn’t easy and we found the soft spots and shot the ball really well. We utilized our size and when the pressure came we attacked that adequately.”
Scottsburg was a sizzling 62% from the field including 10-22 for 45% behind the three point arch. Southwestern was 43% from the floor and 30% from 3’s. The Warriors out rebounded the Rebels 29-20 and scored 14 points off 11 turnovers. Southwestern did manage 17 points off 11 Warrior miscues. A key stat was 22 Scottsburg assists on 33 made baskets.
For Sebastiao it was his third 30-point game this season, equaling his career single game high. He again stuffed his stat line with 16 first half points and 14 in the second half that included a thunderous dunk in the game’s waning moments. The senior was 12-17 from the floor including 5-10 on 3-balls, led the team in assists with seven and grabbed four rebounds. Sebastiao now has 986 career points, 14 short of the magical 1,000 mark.
“Nick is just fantastic,” Jameson added. “I believe he’s the best defender in southern Indiana. He can guard one thru five and is just a phenomenal on ball off ball defender. Nick is just the total package. Offensively he’s pretty darn good too.”
Not going unnoticed on this night were the double figure games of junior guard Treyton Owens with 18 and sophomore forward Hayden Cutter with a “double-double” 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Owens was 7-11 from the floor going 3-5 on his 3’s adding five assists three rebounds and two steals. Cutter, who had 14 second half points, was 8-11 from the field and led the Warriors on the boards (13) to go along with a team leading three steals, two assists and a block. Senior Brantley Deaton was 4-8 from the floor for nine points, had five assists a rebound and a steal.
“Hayden and Treyton were great,” Jameson said. “Hayden was battling a foot injury and Treyton was consistent and his decision making has been so good. Brantley was really solid on the defensive end. Lots of contributions from our entire team.”
Rounding out the box score for Scottsburg was senior senior guard Andrew Slaton with three points and two rebounds; sophomore Jarrett Richey with two points, four rebounds an assist and block; and senior Ethan McGinnis with two assists.
Foster Medford had 18 points to lead the Rebels. Austin Kramer and Zach Cole each contributed 14.
The game was close from the start with Scottsburg taking a 26-25 lead after the first quarter and a 40-36 margin into halftime. The Warriors led by as many as ten points at 37-27, but the Rebels closed the half on a 9-3 run.
The third quarter was much of the same as four straight points by Medford pulled Southwestern to within one at 51-50 with just over 2:00 to play. A Sebastiao trifecta and a Cutter inside bucket put the Warriors back up 56-51 after three quarters.
Kramer opened the final quarter with a basket to cut the Scottsburg lead to 56-53. But the Rebels would get no closer on this night as the Warrior defense and transition game went to work. Scottsburg would outscore Southwestern 39-24 in the second half including 23-9 in the fourth quarter.
“After a 25-point first quarter our guys made the adjustments work,”. Jameson added. “We were so much better defensively the remainder of the game against their weapons.”
The 79 points was the most scored by Scottsburg this season dating back to a 70-55 home win over Corydon Central. The Warriors had 10 three’s this night with Sebastiao’s five and three coming from Owens and one each from Deaton and Slaton.
The Scottsburg junior varsity, under the direction of Dustin Marshall, had a 51-36 win over Southwestern-Hanover.
Next up for the Warriors is the final regular season game of the season, a non-league affair with the 2A Mitchell Bluejackets of the Patoka Lake Conference on Friday (Feb.28) at 7:30 p.m. in Meyer Gym.