For The Tribune
Miles Matthews hit an 8-foot jump shot from the baseline with 4.5 seconds remaining to lift Charlestown to a 57-55 win against Seymour Friday night in the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium.
After Matthews’ basket, the Owls inbounded the ball to Alan Perry, who dribbled to half-court and shot, but his attempt bounced off the back of the rim.
Owls assistant coach Buddy Hall said the Pirates wanted the game more than the home team.
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“Charlestown did everything they could to give us the basketball game; we just didn’t want it bad enough to take it,” he said. “We had several offensive rebound chances at the end. Charlestown missed several one-and-ones, and we just didn’t want it bad enough.”
Charlestown held a 43-40 lead entering the fourth period and increased the lead to 47-40.
The Owls (3-6) battled back and tied the game at 55 on a 3-pointer by Tyler Bloom from the right wing with 23 seconds remaining.
The Pirates (4-6) then took time off the clock until Matthews made the winning basket.
“We missed way too many free throws,” Hall said as the Owls made 7 of 12, including only 3-for-6 in the fourth period.
Charlestown was 4-for-9 at the line in the fourth period.
The Owls jumped on top 7-4 following a 3-point basket by Tyler Bloom at 4:32 of the opening period. The Owls’ offense then cooled off like the weather outside and the Pirates went on a 14-0 run to lead 18-7 on a 3-pointer by Miles Matthews with 1:31 on the clock.
The Owls finally broke their scoreless spell when Perry made a free throw with 1:20 on the clock. Bloom added a basket late in the quarter to set the score 21-10 at the break.
“They had some guys that stepped up and played well for them. They had three guys hit shots that don’t hit shots,” Hall said.
The Owls got their offense going in the second half when they outscored the Pirates 14-5 to trail 26-24 at the intermission.
Bloom, who had five points in the opening quarter, added a deuce and two 3-pointers in the second period.
Seymour shot 6-for-9 in the second period, while Charlestown cooled off to 2-for-12.
The Pirates came out at the start of the third quarter and went on a 10-4 run to open up a 36-28 lead.
The Owls rallied back to tie the score at 40 on a 3-pointer by Perry with 32 seconds left in the period.
The Pirates regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Trey Crace just before the buzzer.
Bloom topped the Owls with 23 points, including five 3-pointers, Perry scored 15 and Tiller Cummings 11. Bloom and Cummings topped the Owls in rebounds with seven each.
Matthews was high scorer for the Pirates with 16 points.
Seymour will host Hoosier Hills Conference foe New Albany tonight.