Without any offensive rhythm to start the game, Seymour senior Ryan Wieneke put it on himself to take control of the scoring Tuesday against visiting Edinburgh.
Wieneke accounted for 20 points — 10 in each half — in a 55-39 victory against the Lancers at the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
In the first quarter, neither team shot the ball well as Seymour took an 11-6 lead.
Seymour turned the ball over six times, while the Lancers had three giveaways in the quarter. The Owls used nine players in the quarter.
“When you come out sluggish, you try to find a different rotation and rhythm,” Owls coach Kyle Clough said. “I think we have some guys who are a little too comfortable in their roles. We shook the tree a little bit, and guys who haven’t got a lot of varsity minutes played well.”
A free throw by Edinburgh’s Bobby Simpson and basket from Jacob Atha tied the game at 12-all with 4:03 left in the first half.
Seymour then went on a 11-2 run, behind four scorers, to take a 23-14 lead with 2:08 in the second quarter and led 25-18 at the half.
Back-to-back baskets from Seymour’s Seth Ragon gave the Owls a 37-26 advantage with 1:47 in the third quarter.
Right before the third-quarter buzzer, Seymour junior Evens Cribs converted a steal into a layup to give the Owls a 41-26 lead.
The Owls didn’t trail the rest of the way to secure their second consecutive win.
Seymour outrebounded Edinburgh 30-27, led by eight boards from Wieneke.
Off the bench, Ragon added 10 points and four boards.
“I think it was a case of a senior seizing a moment,” Clough said of Wieneke. “He recognized we weren’t playing very well and was a bright spot. I don’t think we played very well or played tough. We didn’t execute very well, but (Wieneke) was very good. Quite frankly, he may have won us the game because he didn’t allow his team to falter. It was nice to see him going tonight.”
Bobby Simpson led the Lancers with 12 points and six rebounds. Christian Cox added six.
Edinburgh (3-9) played without leading scorer Kyle Pendleton.
“I thought we had some shots we missed,” Lancers coach Drew Glentzer said. “Defensively, we were decent and gave us a chance. I don’t know what we shot (from the field), but it wasn’t good. We turned it over too many times and missed to many opportunities to make some shots.”
Seymour (2-7) had 12 turnovers, while the Lancers finished with 17.
“I thought our kids competed at times,” Glentzer said. “In the second half, we got dominated on the glass. Our kids did some nice things defensively at times, and then played poorly at other times.”