The final game of 2016 and the first of 2017 yielded same results for the Seymour boys’ basketball team: a victory.
SHS left little room for error in a 72-49 win at Edinburgh on Tuesday night to open the New Year on the right note.
Prior to a timeout by the Lancers (3-9), the Owls (3-5) opened on a 7-0 run behind five points from Tyler Bloom by the 5:53-mark in the first quarter.
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Following a score from the Lancers’ Cameron Cravens, Bloom hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Seth Ragon added basket to extend the Owls’ lead to 15-2 by 3:37.
With five seconds left, the Owls’ Ty McCory stole an inbounds pass and hit a 3-pointer ranging between the half court and 3-point line to extend the visitors’ lead to 23-9.
Threes from Justin Fosskuhl and Coltan Henderson cut the Lancers’ deficit to 23-15 with 5:27 left in the first half.
SHS responded with six unanswered points under the basket before building their advantage to 35-21 at intermission.
In the opening 16 minutes, the Owls dominated the glass — outrebounding the Lancers 18-9 behind six boards from Tiller Cummings.
The Lancers struggled to combat the Owls’ full-court press defense to start the game.
“We came out with a different look tonight,” SHS coach Tyler Phillips said. “My guards up front did a great job of running, getting up front and getting turnovers. We came out with the mentality that we were going to play fast and make them play to our style.”
Bloom and Henderson both caught fire from the field in the third quarter for EHS.
Bloom scored the Owls’ first 10 points of the second half and Fosskuhl accounted for eight as SHS took a 45-29 lead after four minutes.
Ragon and Cummings each scored four more points for the Owls before the buzzer to widen the margin to 53-36.
Dylan Wilson and Alex Hofer combined for nine Owls points by 4:37, with the Owls going up 62-39.
In the final 2:30 of the game, the Owls emptied their bench thanks to the sizeable lead.
The final rebound totals read SHS 33 and EHS 18. Cummings topped the Owls with seven rebounds.
Bloom led the Owls with 21 points and Ragon added 14. Henderson led all Lancers scorers with 17 points.
The 72 points marked a season-high total for the Owls.
“Tyler (Bloom) is a great shooter, and he’s starting to realize how great of a shooter he really is,” Phillips said. “Seth (Ragon) is a kid, that in practice, he does everything game-like. Everything we saw tonight we see in practice (from Ragon).”
Seymour will host Charlestown on Friday night before welcoming New Albany on Saturday.
“We’re undefeated in 2017, and we will take that,” Phillips said. “We’re off to a great start and we’ll try to make it three (wins) against Charlestown.”