Big run sends Seymour past Austin

Seymour scored 19-straight points late in the first period and at the beginning of the second and rolled to a 71-37 senior night win against Austin on Friday in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.

Toriek Miller topped the Owls with 23 points, and Ryan Wieneke added 11.

“I love those two guys,” Seymour coach Kyle Clough said. “Seniors are always special, but these two guys have been really special here for me. They were just coming off their freshman season when I got here, and they’ve been through the mud and pie plenty of times.

“They’re really stuck with us coaches, and believed in us, and they played exceptionally well tonight. I really wouldn’t want any anyone else leading our team this time of year. I’m happy for them. I thought our young kids played hard tonight too, played a little bit inspired.

“Two great kids and I’m so proud of them to represent our program.”

The Owls held an 8-6 lead before they exploded for 19 straight points. A dunk by Miller pushed the Owls’ lead to 11-6 at the 4:05-mark.

The Owls scored a variety of ways during their big run as Alan Perry added a 3-pointer, Tiller Cummings, Evans Cribs and Wieneke scored from close range, and Cummings’ layup with 6:35 in the second period made it a 27-6 score.

Miller scored nine points in the first period to help the Owls to a 22-6 lead. Bloom hit two 3-pointers and Wieneke one in the second when the Owls outscored the Eagles 22-15 to lead 44-21 at the half.

“We got going offensively a little bit, and any time we’re able to score we can pick up the pressure a little like we wanted to, and we kind of came into this game thinking we were going to,” Clough said.

The Owls did not have any turnovers in the first half and hit 16-for-16 from the floor during that time, while the Eagles shot 7-for-17 and committed eight turnovers in the first half.

“Even though we played so well offensively, I was still proud the way we defended,” Clough said. “Keeping them under 40 points was a good testament to our guys. I was pleased with the second half. I didn’t think they let the scoreboard dictate how they were playing.

“It was a good all-around effort. I’m happy for our seniors. I’m glad to see them go out this way.”

Seth Ragon added 10 points for the Owls, while Cummings was high rebounder with eight.

The Owls (6-14) travel to Columbus North on Tuesday.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.