In the midst of a four-games-in-eight-days stretch, Edinburgh’s boys basketball team wanted to keep momentum on its side in Tuesday’s home game against Seymour.
The host Lancers made sure that would happen early.
After the Owls scored the game’s first two baskets, Edinburgh poured in 15 straight points. The Lancers never looked back in a 73-41 non-conference victory.
The win improved Edinburgh’s record to 10-2 and set the stage for Friday and Saturday home games against Mid-Hoosier Conference rival Morristown and Baptist Academy, respectively. The Lancers won Saturday at Knightstown to start the stretch of games.
Seymour, meanwhile, fell to 1-13. The Owls never drew closer than six points after Edinburgh’s early burst. A 12-2 Lancers run that spanned the second and third quarters pushed their lead to 43-21, and Seymour never came closer than 16 after that.
“We thought the kids did a nice job of handling the task,” Lancers coach Drew Glentzer said. “We thought we could make them turn it over, and we did. They defensed us with a box-and-one, a 2-3 zone and a full-court press, and it was good for us to see those defenses.”
Edinburgh forced 25 Seymour turnovers, while the Lancers committed only seven. The box-and-one defense was meant to contain Lancers guard Caleb Giles, who finished with 13 points, but his teammates found the basket with regularity. Fellow senior backcourt mate Riley Price led everyone with 19 points, while Ryan Burton added 15. Kyle Pendleton added nine points off the bench and Nate King scored eight.
Chase Salmon led Seymour with 12 points, and Landon Booth added 11 off the bench, including three 3-pointers.
“When you have that many turnovers, you’re not going to stay in the game,” Seymour coach Scott Miller said. “We shot poorly (15 of 37 from the field, 40.5 percent), we gave up putback baskets and we did a bad job of receiving the ball. There weren’t too many positives.”
The Owls were also in foul trouble early. Edinburgh was in the bonus just 36 seconds into the second quarter and attempted 34 free throws, hitting 24. Salmon fouled out with 6:44 to play in the game, and two other Seymour players (Jackson Stuart and Zach Schlatterer) had four fouls each.
Edinburgh out-rebounded Seymour, 31-22, and had four players (Trent Tatlock, Giles, King and Dakota Sneed) with four or more rebounds. The Lancers had assists on “13 or 14” of their 22 field goals, according to Glentzer. Zak Lucas led Seymour with five boards.
“This team is unselfish,” Glentzer said. “When they played the box-and-one on Giles, Riley stepped up and made two or three ‘3s, and that’s what has to happen. We don’t just have to give it to Giles to score.”
The Owls return to action Friday when they host Hoosier Hills Conference rival Floyd Central.