Following a 72-65 Hoosier Hills Conference upset victory at Madison on Friday night, the Seymour boys basketball team aimed to keep their momentum heading into Saturday.
The Owls’ Toriek Miller netted a trio of 3-pointers, and Ty Christensen added a pair of treys in the third quarter to put the Owls up 34-29 while holding the Lions to six points.
With precise shooting and locked-in defense, the Owls buckled in for a 53-38 victory.
The Owls had a sluggish start, as the Lions pressed defensively, with 7:19 to go in the first period.
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Ty Christensen scored eight of the Owls first 10 points with a basket and two 3’s to get the team’s offense flowing.
With 19 seconds left in the first quarter, Christensen made a 3-pointer to close the gap to 14-10.
The Owls trailed until the 6:58 mark of the second quarter when Miller drained a 3-pointer to put the Owls in front 15-14.
The Owls committed seven fouls in the second quarter, and only hit three shots (30 percent), as the Lions maintained a 23-18 lead at the half.
In the second half, the Owls clawed back with strong ball movement and aggressive defense.
Offensively, Christensen and Miller put on a shooting clinic.
With 4:01 left in the third quarter, Miller connected with another 3 to put the Owls up 28-25.
At the buzzer, Christensen connected again from behind the arc for a 34-29 Seymour lead.
“Ty’s in a good zone,” Owls coach Kyle Clough said. “Toriek deserves a lot of credit for Ty’s success. Toriek is becoming a good point guard.”
In the fourth quarter, at 6:34, Christensen stole the ball and was fouled. He hit both free throws for a 36-29 Owls lead.
At 4:28, Miller stole the ball, hit a layup and was fouled before converting an and-one opportunity putting the Owls up 40-29.
The Owls hit twelve free throws in the final stanza as they went on to win their second-straight game.
“I was proud of our kids the way they responded in the second half,” Clough said. “We got some stops, and when we get stops we can get out and run. Our team is playing some good basketball here down the stretch.”
Christensen led the Owls with 22 points and Miller added 17.
The Owls (7-11) return to action on Feb. 17 when they host Greensburg.