Pirates ground Owls: Late 3-pointers sink Seymour

Greensburg outscored Seymour 13-8 in the final two minutes Tuesday night to leave the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium with a 62-52 win.

“The difference was Greensburg was willing to do the little things to win and my kids weren’t,” Seymour coach Tyler Phillips said.

“We’re not willing to find a way to get a rebound, we’re not willing to take the charges and we can’t step up and make free throws.”

The Pirates, sparked by three 3-pointers from Drew Comer, held a 15-10 lead at the end of the first period.

The Owls picked up the pace on offense early in the second quarter by going on a 9-3 run to take a 19-18 lead on 3-point play by Alan Perry. Ty McCory had two 3-pointers during the rally.

Greensburg then warmed up on offense by making four 3-pointers over the final 4:11 of the half to lead 30-23 at the break.

All of Greensburg’s points in the first half came on 3-pointers, led by Comer with five and Kyle Sellers with two.

Both teams shot 10-for-25 from the floor in the first half.

Alex Hofer had three baskets and two offensive rebounds in the first period, and a basket and two more rebounds in the second half to lead Seymour’s inside game in the first half.

Both teams scored 11 points in the third period.

The Owls rallied in the first five minutes of the period to cut their deficit to 33-32 on a 3-pointer by Tyler Bloom with 3 minutes left in the period.

The Pirates used 3-pointers by Matt Martin and Comer to take a 41-34 lead into the fourth quarter.

Seymour cut the difference to 49-44 on a basket by Perry with 2:45 remaining before the Pirates scored the next seven points to pull away.

The Pirates (13-6) had balanced scoring as Martin scored 19, Comer 18 and Welage 17.

Miller topped the Owls (7-12) with 16 points, Perry finished with 13, and Hofer with 12.

Greensburg made 12 3-point shots and the Owls made four.

“We had to roll the dice a little bit,” Phillips said. “We knew they like to shoot it, we wanted to make them uncomfortable. For each one we wanted to have a hand up in their face. A lot of those were off offensive rebounds, and we were scrambling, we’re trying to close out and we didn’t get the job done.”

Phillips said Miller and Hofer played fine games.

“Alex gets better every night on the floor,” he said. “He’s getting more comfortable and he’s getting better. Jordan is doing the same thing. Jordan is starting to find his role offensively … that’s what we expect. He’s making plays for others.”