For The Tribune
The way Seymour’s Hoosier Hills Conference game at Floyd Central was going Friday night, the team that had the ball last would get the victory. That turned out to be the Highlanders.
Floyd Central had the ball out of bounds, under its basket, with .06 seconds on the clock.
Following the timeout, the ball was passed into Matthew Weimer in a catch-and-shoot situation, and his shot went in just as the buzzer sounded for a 33-31 homecoming win.
A layup by Jordan Miller with 41 seconds remaining gave the Owls a 31-29 lead.
Garrett Mehling made two free throws with 23.7 seconds remaining to tie the score.
“Give them a lot of credit,” Owls coach Kyle Clough said. “I thought they did some nice things in the last few minutes there.
“I told the kids in the locker room that one is on me. I felt like I let them down a little bit down the stretch offensively. When you have the ball twice inside 30 seconds with a tie game, you feel like you’ve got to make a good play and put our kids in position, and I didn’t do that, so that one is on me.
“I’m proud of them. I thought they spilled their guts out tonight. I thought they played their hearts out against a really good team. It’s another tough one and you’ve got to look them in the eyes and tell them you love them and pick yourself up, dust yourself off and go back to work on Monday.”
The Owls jumped out to a 5-0 lead and were on top 9-8 at the end of the first quarter.
Toriek Miller led the Owls with seven points.
Neither team could get its offense going in the second period as the Owls outscored the Highlanders 4-2 to lead 13-10 at the half.
The Owls shot 1-for-14 and the Highlanders 1-for-5 in the quarter.
Floyd had five turnovers and the Owls had one.
The Owls scored the first four points of the period, on a rebound basket by Jordan Miller at 5:30 and Tiller Cummings’ two free throws at the 2:57 mark, while Matthew Weimer drove the baseline and scored with 1:24 left in the half.
The Owls opened up a 17-12 lead on a layup by Perry at 6:40 of the third quarter.
The Highlanders outscored the Owls 11-5 the remainder of the quarter to lead 33-22 going to the fourth quarter.
Floyd’s first lead of the night came when Luke Gohmann made a layup with 3:50 left to make it a 19-17 score.
Miller topped the Owls in scoring with 15 points and Cummings was high rebounder with 11.
The Owls (4-11, 0-6 HHC) made 11-of-37 from the floor and finished with eight rebounds, while the Highlanders made 12-of-33 from the floor and had 11 turnovers.
“Like any game there are ebbs and flows,” Clough said. “I thought we took some good ones and we forced a few bad ones, but that is going to happen in a game. We played furiously, and I wanted us to attack and make great plays and I thought we did that for the most part.
“You feel good about that situation at the end of the game with the ball in Alan’s (Perry) hands. We knew they were going to put a lot of attention on Toriek so we kind of used him in the corner to create some space. I give Allen a lot of credit; he tried to make a play and it was not our night unfortunately.”
Floyd was 6-for-11 in free throws and the Owls made all six of their free throws.
“We knew it was going to be low-scoring,” Clough said. “They’re a really good defensive team, and I think we’re a really good defensive team. We felt good about it. That’s the type of game we like to play in.”