Seymour holds off Madison


Seymour built up 12-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter to hold off Madison for a 37-33 Hoosier Hills Conference win Thursday night in the Lloyd E. Scott gymnasium.

Madison’s Cooper Yancey hit a 3-point basket to cut Seymour’s lead to 36-33 with 17 seconds remaining.

Alan Perry made a free throw on Seymour’s next possession to close out the scoring.

After the Cubs scored the opening basket, Zach Moore made 3-pointer and followed up with a jump shot to give the Owls a 5 -2 lead. Later in the quarter, Alan Perry made two free throws and a basket to help the Owls to a 9-9 tie at the end of the first period.

Neither team scored in the second quarter until Perry converted a 3-point play at 4:39 to make it a 12-9 game.

Tiller Cummings scored two baskets from close range, and Ty McCory hit another 3-pointer at 1:50 to give the Owls a 19-9 lead at the half.

The Cubs missed all seven of their field goal attempts and had two turnovers in the second period.

The Owls shot 7-for-18 in the first half, while the Cubs were 4-for-19.

Seymour also did a good job of hanging onto the ball in the first half, committing just one turnover in each period.

“You lock that in (two turnovers) with our defensive effort and take care of the ball,” Owls coach Tyler Phillips said. “ You can’t hold teams in the 30s and 40s if you don’t take care of the ball. You can’t give them extra possessions. In the first half we did that. In the second half we got a little loose with it.”

Yancey’s 3-point shot at the 5:50-mark of the third period cut the Owls lead to 19-14.

Cummings made a layup for the Owls to stop Madison’s momentum to give the Owls a 21-14 lead.

The teams traded points for the remainder of the third period with Ty McCory’s second 3-pointer of the game giving the Owls a 26-17 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Perry opened the fourth quarter scoring with a 3-pointer to boost the Owls lead to 29-17.

The Cubs (6-11, 1-4 HHC) then went on a 13-2 run to cut Seymour’s lead to 31-30 with 2:07 remaining.

McCory responded with a 4-point play, and Perry added a free throw to give Seymour a 36-30 lead with 1:07 remaining.

Phillips credited Cummings with making a play to get McCory open for his shot.

Yancey was high scorer for Madison with 18 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter.

“We wanted to put different chasers on Yancey tonight,” Phillips said. “He’s going to get his (points). We just wanted to make him work for whatever he got, and I think we did that.”

Ian Strouse, Madison’s 6-4, 230-pound center, scored a basket in the first period but managed only one free throw the remainder of the game.

“Tiller knew his scouting report and did a great job of executing it,” Phillips said. “

Perry topped the Owls (7-8, 2-5 HHC) with 17 points. Moore was high rebounder for the Owls with six.

On Saturday afternoon, the Owls will travel to Salem.

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