The Southmont boys’ basketball team dropped a Sagamore Conference battle at Danville 72-60. The Mounties had battled back to take a brief lead before the game was tied at 50 after three quarters, but the Warriors outscored the Mounties 22-10 in the final period.
"I told the guys after the game that I was proud to say I was their coach," Southmont coach Jake Turner said. "We knew it would be physical and we’d have to play through some adversity and our guys were up for the challenge. We were down eight at halftime and we made a run to take the lead at one point and were tied after 3 quarters. We are getting better each day and I love to see that. We’ve played two of the best teams on our schedule (Crawfordsville and Danville) extremely tough for three-plus quarters on the road these past two games. If we can clean up a few things and learn from the experience of these close games down the stretch, I’m excited to see what we can do down the stretch. We just have to keep working and focusing on one day at a time."
Southmont shot over 50% from the field at 23-of-44, but were out-rebounded by Danville 30-23.
Austin Bowman led Southmont with 19 points, while Avery Saunders added 16 and Logan Oppy 13.
Kobe Ward led all scorers with 23 points for the Warriors.
Danville improves to 5-1 and 1-0 in the Sagamore Conference, while Southmont drops to 4-5 and 2-2 in league play.
The Mounties host Riverton Parke tonight, while Danville welcomes South Vermillion.