SEYMOUR — Columbus East was simply too quick on both ends of the floor in the first half of Saturday night’s Hoosier Hills Conference boys basketball game at Seymour.
The Olympians scored off Seymour turnovers, made baskets in transition and had some putbacks. That combination resulted in a 51-18 lead at halftime, and Columbus East collected a 75-41 victory.
“(Friday) night, we didn’t get off to a good start at Shelbyville,” Olympians coach Brent Chitty said. “We just talked about how you’ve got to play four quarters every night. I thought tonight, we got off to a really good start and just kept rolling.”
Four Columbus East starters and two bench players combined for the team’s 25 points in the first quarter, including a pull-up 3-pointer by Kyle Taylor at the buzzer for a 12-point lead.
Colton Potter scored seven of Seymour’s 13 points in the first quarter, and he made a basket on the Owls’ first possession of the second quarter.
But after that, the Olympians ran off 22 straight points. Nine Columbus East players scored in the period.
“They are very unselfish, and they play together very well,” Chitty said. “We’re just going to try to keep it going. We still know there are some things we’ve got to work really hard on and improve on.”
Owls coach Scott Miller said his team needed better intensity against one of the top HHC teams. With the win, Columbus East improved to 3-0 in the HHC and 8-1 overall.
“Columbus East is the best team in our conference. They have the best basketball players in the Hoosier Hills,” Miller said. “We were disappointed in the putback baskets and how easily they got to the rim in the first half. Our intensity dropped when we started getting sloppy with the ball.”
Late in the third quarter, Chitty put his five junior varsity players in the game, and they scored half of the team’s 12 points. Seymour then outscored Columbus East 13-12 in the final quarter.
“They came out ready to play,” Chitty said of his JV players, who all scored. “I think they held their own there for a while, and it was good experience for them.”
Seymour’s Landon Booth scored 10 of his game-high 14 points in the second half, and Potter had all 12 of his points in the first half.
“Colton Potter had his best first half of his early career,” Miller said of the freshman. “And Landon Booth showed in the third quarter what he’s capable of doing all the time. We just have to make sure we bring that intensity with us every time we take the floor.”
Zach Martindale led the Olympians with 13 points, and Connor Humphress added 10. All 15 Olympians scored in the game.
On Saturday, Columbus East plays host to Jeffersonville, which also is 4-0 in the HHC. Seymour dropped to 0-4 in the HHC and 1-11 overall, and the Owls’ next game is Friday’s HHC battle at home against Bedford North Lawrence.