Rebels fall at Scottsburg in season finale
Southwestern to host No. 14 Switzerland County in Sectional opener
Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:00 AM
SCOTTSBURG - A night after winning its first game of the season, Southwestern found its next opponent a lot tougher to top as Scottsburg defeated the Rebels 80-44 on its home floor.
The game was the regular season finale for the Rebels.
After defeating Cannelton 71-51 on Tuesday to snap a 25-game losing streak dating back to last year, Scottsburg proved to be a bigger challenge for Southwestern on Wednesday night.
Heading into the game, Rebel head coach Andy Firth was aware of his team's struggles to take care of the basketball. He was also quick to point out it was an area that didn't bode well with Scottsburg's style of play.
"We have had a really hard time this season facing a lot of pressure and that has led to a lot of turnovers," Firth said of the game. "Scottsburg is a team that likes to apply pressure with a full-court press and harass you until you cough the ball up. For us it is a challenge to execute against that."
For much of the first quarter the full court press didn't seem to bother the Rebels too much. After withstanding an early five-point spurt from Scottsburg's Braxton Soloe, Southwestern came back to play nearly even the rest of the period.
Tyler Ashby scored seven points in the first as Southwestern trailed just 15-13 with three seconds left but a turnover led to a Seth Helton three at the buzzer pushing Scottsburg out front 18-13.
A good start by the Rebels in the second quarter looked very probable after the opening eight minutes but major turnover troubles appeared and did not go away until the end of the game.
With the press now troubling Southwestern, lack of ball movement and execution gave way to numerous turnovers which converted into several Scottsburg points.
Christian Barrett and Christian Evans combined for 11 points, mostly in transition, and an 18-8 second quarter run staked the Warriors to a 36-21 lead at halftime.
Unfortunately for the Rebels the bleeding continued to start the second half. Tryston Wheatley shook free for five points in the third quarter but more turnovers allowed Scottsburg to push the game out even further.
Behind three 3-pointers by Evans and another five from Soloe, the Warriors put the game out of reach with a 27-9 third period outburst and 17 more points in the fourth quarter including nine from Dustin Yocum behind the arc.
Southwestern finished the game strong in the fourth, scoring in double-digits for the first time since the first quarter.
Tristan Embs came alive for 10 points but the damage had already been done in the second and third frames giving Scottsburg a decisive 80-44 victory.
After scoring a career-high 26 points on Tuesday, Embs led all scorers in the contest with 17. Ashby scored 10 in the first half en route to 14 overall.
Scottsburg (9-10) put four players in double figures. Evans led the way with 16 while Kirk Hardin added 13. Soloe and Barrett had 12 each.
Southwestern finishes the regular season with a 1-20 record. The Rebels open Class 2A Sectional 45 play next Tuesday, hosting 2A No. 14 Switzerland County in the second opening round game.
WEDNESDAY'S BOYS GAME
SCOTTSBURG 80, SOUTHWESTERN 44
SOUTHWESTERN 13 8 9 14 - 44
SCOTTSBURG 18 18 27 17 - 80
SOUTHWESTERN (1-20) - (f)Embs 17, (g)Ashby 14, (f)Wheatley 7, (c)Schwartz 6, (g)Shepherd 0, Adcock 0, Stoner 0, Stewart 0, Bell 0, Ary 0, Arberg 0.
SCOTTSBURG (9-10) - Evans 16, (f)Hardin 13, (g)Soloe 12, (f)Barrett 12, Helton 9, Yocum 9, (f)Boswell 3, (c)Hunger 2, Barber 2, Walker 2, Meagher 0, Mihalik 0.
3-Point Goals - Southwestern 3 (Embs 1, Ashby 1, Wheatley 1), Scottsburg 9 (Evans 4, Yocum 3, Boswell 1, Helton 1). Total Fouls - Southwestern 11, Scottsburg 18. Free Throws - Southwestern 7-13, Scottsburg 5-9. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Southwestern hosts Switzerland Co. in the Class 2A Sectional 45 Tuesday. Scottsburg hosts Mitchell Friday.