Senators can’t shutdown Rebels
South Central made big strides in the second half to earn the third-place spot in the Scott County Invitational on Dec. 22.
Using a 13-point run spanning the third and fourth quarters against West Washington, the Rebels were able to notch a 47-43 victory. The Rebels trailed by 10 points in the second quarter, but a positive scoring output after the half-time break was enough to overcome the deficit.
‘The message was coaches can’t help you sometimes,’ South Central coach Greg Robinson said of halftime against the Senators. ‘You have to dig out of these things yourselves. I’ll give them credit; they did. It wasn’t about anything schematically we changed … Sometimes when shots aren’t falling, you have to put it behind you.’
South Central began to chip away in the third quarter. With quick ball movement, the Rebels were able to create better shot options. Lucas Stewart netted a field goal, while Dylan Patterson added a put-back to cut a nine-point deficit to five, 26-21.
After West Washington’s Holden Bowsman connected on a triple, South Central erupted on a scoring rampage. The Rebels outscored the Senators 19-2 to close the third and start the fourth quarter.
Scoring came from all directions. Wesley Wilson and Patterson got inside for field goals. Chase Schoen found the bucket, while Austin Tyree added an easy one at the rim as well.
To close the third stanza, Stewart hit Wilson in the corner for a triple, putting the Rebels ahead, 32-31, for the first time.
‘We did a really good job in both our games of moving the basketball and reversing,’ Robinson said. ‘You have to have faith that, if you give it up, you will get it back. I feel we are turning the corner in that area.’
Will Weber and Schoen had four assists apiece.
Wilson, who is responsible for much of the ball-handling duties, finished with eight points. The triple before the buzzer in the third was a shot Robinson was happy see go down.
‘We’ve been asking (Wilson) to at least look at taking some shots,’ Robinson said. ‘(West Washington) double teamed off of him and, when he made a couple buckets, they couldn’t double off him after his first pass. He has to be a threat. We know he can hit those on occasion. I was glad to see him shoot with confidence.’
The South Central lead extended in the final quarter when Tyree put in another open bucket. Stewart then launched a successful 3-pointer from the wing, following with an old-fashioned 3-pointer on the next trip down for a 40-31 South Central lead. Stewart ended his night with 15 points. Schoen had 12 points and six rebounds.
‘I like these guys because they don’t give up,’ Robinson said. ‘West Washington is a lot like us. It was going to be a fight until the end. We never really ran away with it.’
West Washington made things interesting with a hot streak toward the end when South Central struggled at the line. The Senators narrowed the scored to 44-43 with 46 seconds left, but a Stewart field goal put the Rebels back up by three. Wilson added a late free throw after West Washington misfired on a 3-pointer.
‘We still have to get better at taking care of business at the end,’ Robinson said. ‘We had a few questionable shots late. Part of it is on us as staff because we haven’t talked enough about the end of a game. Some of these kids are learning it for the first time. We will take some things from this tournament and get better. Today was a good day.’
South Central also played its final two games of the tournament without senior Brandon Summers, who missed with an illness.
‘It gave me a chance to look at a few things, but we missed Brandon on the defensive end,’ Robinson said. ‘We were able to survive. Jacob Daugherty was sick too. It’s running through us.’
During pool play action, South Central fell to Scottsburg 61-45 in game one on Dec. 20. Lucas Stewart pumped in six 3-pointers for the Rebels, finishing with 28 points.
The Warriors used a big second quarter, outscoring South Central 15-6, to create a lead the Rebels wouldn’t give up.
South Central’s return to the floor after the Scottsburg loss the next day resulted in a victory. Facing a familiar foe in Crothersville of the Southern Athletic Conference, the Rebels came out on top, 64-49.
Four players reached double-figure scoring in the win. Stewart showed the way with 16 points, followed by Chase Schoen (14), Dylan Patterson (10) and Jacob Daugherty (10). Schoen’s stellar, all-around game featured seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals.
Robinson looks forward to the 2019 slate of the season.
‘We’ve been talking to them all year about how tough our schedule is on the front end,’ he said. ‘We aren’t making excuses because we felt like we should have won some of those games, but we are starting to hit parts of our schedule where we face teams in our class. I think our strength of schedule is helping us right now.’
When searching for confidence and building it within players, Robinson said one piece of medicine always proves a remedy.
‘The best way is to win games,’ Robinson said. ‘Today was a good day. We played two decent teams and held our own.’
Scottsburg went on to win the tournament, defeating Christian Academy of Indiana 49-39 in the championship game. The Warriors also defeated Crothersville 57-49.
South Central 12 6 18 9 ‘ 45
Scottsburg 14 15 21 11 ‘ 61
South Central (3-4) ‘ Stewart 28, Schoen 8, Daugherty 4, Wilson 2, Patterson 2, Summers 1.
Scottsburg (5-2) ‘ Neace 16, Cutter 13, Prince 12, Sebastio 9, Owens 6, Deaton 5.
3-point goals ‘ South Central 6 (Stewart 6); Scottsburg 9 (Prince 4, Neace 3, Sebastio, Deaton).
South Central 12 13 16 23 ‘ 64
Crothersville 18 5 9 17 ‘ 49
South Central (3-5) ‘ Stewart 16, Schoen 14, Patterson 11, Daugherty 10, Wilson 6, Basham 3, Weber 2, Tyree 2.
Crothersville (5-3) ‘ Brewer 26, Josh Thomas 10, Burton 7, Spall 5, Deaton 1.
3-point goals ‘ South Central 2 (Stewart 2); Crothersville 3 (Thomas 2, Spall).
West Washington 9 15 7 12 ‘ 43
South Central 6 11 15 15 ‘ 47
West Washington (4-6) ‘ Bowsman 14, Sanford 13, Stevens 9, Ables 5, Green 2.
South Central (4-5) ‘ Stewart 15, Schoen 12, Wilson 8, Patterson 8, Tyree 4.
3-point goals ‘ West Washington 3 (Bowsman 2, Ables); South Central 2 (Stewart, Wilson).