Austin uses long-range attack to hit the century on Rebels
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 10:00 AM
AUSTIN - A Southwestern meltdown and a shooting showcase behind the 3-point line by Austin sent the host Eagles to an overwhelming 100-36 boys basketball win on Monday night.
Heading into the contest, the Rebels were well aware of their opponent's capabilities on the offensive end and hoped to eliminate the Eagles' firepower. But what happened come game time was something Southwestern nor anyone in the gym quite expected.
From start to finish Austin unleashed a perimeter assault that stymied a young Rebel team. The Eagles drilled an astonishing 15 3-pointers including nine in the second half.
Chris Mayfield led the charge with five threes but seven others also tallied baskets from long range.
After a solid first four minutes to begin the game, Southwestern played well and found itself down 8-4 midway through the first quarter. But that's when the wheels fell off.
Much like Jennings County did against the Rebels on Saturday, Austin switched to a full-court press that left the Southwestern offense in shambles. The Eagles converted after nearly every miscue and rode Mayfield's 3-point barrage to a 21-8 lead after one quarter.
Tristan Embs and freshman Derrik Bell played impressive second quarters for Southwestern, scoring six and four points, respectively, but it was nowhere near enough to combat Austin on the other end of the floor.
Briefly straying away from the outside and leaning towards more penetration, Austin made just one 3-point goal but drilled Southwestern from the inside. Markus Fleenor scored six in the lane while forwards Duncan Wooten and Josh Turner combined for 11 points in the post.
The Eagles lead stretched to 45-18 by halftime.
Out of the intermission Austin went back to doing what it does best as the 3-pointers returned to add insult to injury. The Eagles bombarded Southwestern with 32 points in the third quarter and 23 more in the final eight minutes.
The best the Rebels could manage was 18 more points in the second half with Embs continuing to battle, scoring eight points in the final 16 minutes including six in the fourth quarter as Southwestern limped away from a 100-36 bashing.
Embs scored eight points in each half for a combined 16 points and team-high honors. No other Rebel scored more than six.
Austin (9-10) put four players in double figures and 11 players scored in the contest.
Mayfield led all scorers with 21 points while Fleenor was close behind with 19. Turner scored 18 and Wooten added 10.
Southwestern (0-19) heads into tonight's matchup at home against Cannelton with high hopes for its first win of the season. The Bulldogs are just 2-16 on the season with wins against Bloomington Lighthouse and Whitesville Trinity (Ky.)
The Rebels are currently on a 25-game losing streak dating back to Feb. 1, 2013 when Southwestern defeated Scottsburg 65-62 at home. Southwestern visits the Warriors on Wednesday.
MONDAY'S BOYS GAME
AUSTIN 100, SOUTHWESTERN 36
SOUTHWESTERN 8 10 11 7 - 36
AUSTIN 21 24 32 23 - 100
SOUTHWESTERN (0-19) - (f)Embs 16, (g)Ashby 6, Bell 6, (f)Wheatley 4, (g)Shepherd 3, Arberg 1, (f)Schwartz 0, Stewart 0, Ary 0, Stoner 0, Adcock 0, Mitchell 0, Ball 0.
AUSTIN (9-10) - (g)Mayfield 21, (g)Fleenor 19, Turner 18, Wooten 10, (f)Richey 9, Patton 6, (f)Spencer 5, Embrey 4, Vires 3, Brindley 3, (f)Staschke 2, Johnson 0.
3-Point Goals - Southwestern 0, Austin 15 (Mayfield 5, Richey 3, Patton 2, Fleenor 1, Vires 1, Spencer 1, Brindley 1, Turner 1. Total Fouls - Southwestern 5, Austin 5. Free Throws - Southwestern 2-4, Austin 3-6. Fouled Out - None. Next Game - Southwestern hosts Cannelton tonight; Austin visits Crothersville Saturday.