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Red Devils pull away from Owls in 2nd half
SEYMOUR — At halftime of Friday’s Hoosier Hills Conference boys basketball game, Seymour only trailed Class 4A No. 12 Jeffersonville by nine points.
But in the third quarter, Jeffersonville put together a couple of short runs before closing on a 10-0 run for a 53-29 advantage. The Red Devils held the host Owls to only 15 second-half points in winning 70-36.
“I thought our execution was very, very good, and we knew we were going to have to do certain things against them to keep the ballgame where we needed to,” Owls coach Kyle Clough said. “I thought we did that for three quarters of the game against a team that was in the (semistate) last year.
“It obviously didn’t end the way we wanted it to, but we took a very nice step,” he added. “I thought our kids battled and showed that they can handle that kind of defense, so there were a lot of positives for us.”
The Red Devils didn’t have a second-half turnover until the final two minutes of the game, and they had a 17-7 fourth-quarter scoring advantage.
“Give them credit, they proved that they’ve been here, and they played their last seven games in this gym (last season). I think they are pretty comfortable,” Clough said. “A lot of good things (from the Owls), but (the Red Devils) deserve a lot of credit for closing that thing out and showing why they are a top-20 team in the state.”
Jeffersonville’s Drew Ellis led all scorers with 19 points, while Myles Harvey had 16, Keenan Williams added 14 and Chad Hudson was the fourth starter in double figures with 10.
Toriek Miller was the Owls’ only double-figure scorer, finishing with
“I’m proud of our guys,” Clough said. “I told them the same thing I would have told them had we won: I just thought it was a pretty good step for us. We’ve got to continue on the process of trying to get better.”
Milan rallies to victory
GREENSBURG — Despite 15 points by Nick Schwering, South Decatur couldn’t hold off Milan in a 66-61 loss on Friday.
“We did not play well down the stretch,” South Decatur coach Jordan Stevens said. “We had 10 turnovers in the fourth quarter. Plus, I got a technical in the last minute that gave them the lead and the ball.
“I thought we were too cautious on offense. We built up a lead by attacking the basket, but we stopped doing that.”
South Decatur center Devin Taylor was posting up the defense in the first half and he finished with eight points, but the Cougars didn’t get the ball to him in the fourth quarter.
“We did a nice job of moving the ball early,” Stevens said. “I guess we will find out if we learned anything.”
South Decatur is 1-3 while Milan raised its record to 2-1.
Brown County struggles late
BLOOMFIELD — Visiting Brown County appeared to have the game tucked away, but Eastern Greene dominated 20-7 in the final quarter to pull out a 53-47 non-conference victory on Friday.
The Eagles had built its lead off a solid shooting night by guard Luke Huls, who scored 18 points. Dillon Boknecht added eight points for the Eagles, who dropped to 0-2.
Brown County built as much as a 10-point lead in the second half, but couldn’t bang on due to Eastern Greene’s ball pressure. Eastern Greene
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