For The Tribune
Silver Creek took advantage of cold shooting and sloppy play by Seymour to leave the Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium with a 69-40 win Friday night.
Following senior night festivities, the game started out well for the Owls, as they had a point on the scoreboard without any time being run off the clock.
A Silver Creek player dunked in pregame warmups, and Tyler Bloom’s free throw put the Owls on top 1-0.
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Bloom scored on a baseline jumper on Seymour’s next possession for a 3-2 lead before things turned sour for the Owls.
The Dragons went on an 11-0 run and held a 13-2 lead on Cameron Stephens’ steal and layup on the Owls’ fifth turnover of the night.
Bloom tried to keep the Owls close by scoring his team’s first eight points, but Zane Gross scored 10 for the Dragons to help his team to a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We didn’t come out ready to play,” Owls coach Tyler Phillips said. “I think we expected to show up and go through the motions and because it was senior night get a win, and that’s just not going to happen. We are not good enough to show up and win, so you come out and you play half-heartedly against a really good basketball team, you’re going to get hit in the mouth, and that’s exactly what they did.”
Alex Hofer scored on a hook shot in the lane with 1:20 left in the opening quarter to make it an 18-8 game.
The Dragons tallied the first 14 points of the second quarter to take a 35-12 lead and went on to a 41-15 lead at the half.
The Owls had 11 turnovers and shot 6-for-20 from the floor in the first half, while the Dragons made seven 3-pointers on the way to shooting 15-for-26 from the floor.
The Owls, led by three baskets by Hofer and two 3-pointers baskets by Ty McCory, outscored the Dragons 16-10 in the third quarter to trail 52-31 going into the final quarter.
The Dragons (14-8) finished with nine 3-pointers, as Gross and Jack Hawkins each made four.
Gross topped the Dragons with 19 points, and Stephens scored 17 points.
“The scouting report was that No. 4 (Stephens) and No. 10 (Gross) can shoot and can’t have an ounce of daylight, and apparently, my coaches were the only ones that read the scouting reports,” Phillips said.
Bloom topped the Owls (8-14) with 16 points.
The Owls will host Jeffersonville in the sectional Tuesday night.