Owls fall to Raiders, losing streak extends to eight games

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Seymour High School’s boys basketball team has struggled in recent games, and Thursday night’s contest at South Ripley proved no different.

Seymour (3-15) never led in a 67-50 loss to the Raiders, extending its losing streak to eight straight games.

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The Raiders (9-10) opened the game on a 7-2 run before an Eric McCoy 3-pointer cut the deficit back to two points.

While Montana Suits hit a pair of free throws and Payton Reasoner drilled a 3-pointer in the final 1:55 of the period, the Raiders maintained the lead at 15-10.

The score stayed within three points until the Raiders went on a 9-0 run to lead 29-20 with 37 seconds left in the half.

At the buzzer, R.J. Kleber was fouled on a shot attempt. After splitting free throws, the Owls trailed 31-23 at the break.

The Owls used a 6-0 run to bring the score to 34-29 with 4:45 left in the third quarter before going ice cold.

From the 4:17 to 1:42 mark in the third quarter, the Raiders strung together a 13-0 scoring spree behind eight points from Cody Samples.

Going into the final eight minutes of play, the Owls trailed 50-32.

A free throw by Jack Roberts and a 3-pointer by Braden Christopher cut the Owls’ deficit to 50-37 1:10 into the fourth quarter, but the Raiders answered with a 7-2 run.

The Raiders were able to maintain the sizeable lead down the stretch.

The Owls’ current skid is the longest since the 2012-13 season. That winter, the Owls started 0-9 before finishing 2-19.

Roberts led the Owls with 13 points, and Jayden Brown added nine. Samples topped all scorers with 21 points, and Brady Linkel chipped in 16 for the Raiders.

The Owls were outrebounded 39-25 but won the turnover margin 14-18.

Seymour will host Class 3A No. 2 Greensburg (18-1) on Tuesday.