Bishop Seabury Academy never recovered from the fourth-quarter foul-out of freshman Caleb Owino, faltering down the stretch in a 56-35 boys basketball loss to Pembroke Hill on Wednesday night at Seabury.
Owino — a 6-foot-2 freshman and the Seahawks’ best rebounder — picked up his fifth foul on an over-the-back call with 4:24 remaining and the score tied at 33.
Pembroke Hill dominated from that point, ending the game on a 23-2 run that included two Seabury technical fouls, an intentional foul and 18 Pembroke free-throw attempts.
“It was a game-changer,” Seabury coach Ashley Battles said.
Owino, who finished with nine points and nine rebounds, regretted some of the unnecessary whistles he picked up early.
“I’ve just got to be more careful with my hands, put them straight up instead of just leaning over,” Owino said. “I’ve just got to play smarter — that’s it — and not be so aggressive.”
Seabury took an early lead thanks to stifling first-half defense.
At one point late in the second quarter, Pembroke Hill had 13 turnovers and just six points.
“You’ve just got to bring energy. It’s contagious,” Owino said.
The Seahawks led, 17-14, at halftime before struggling late.
“Obviously, we didn’t win on the scoreboard, and we got some bad bounces down the stretch, but we’ve definitely gotten a lot better,” Battles said.
Pembroke Hill girls 58, Seabury 46
The Seabury girls had a tough time making it out to Pembroke’s outside shooters, and the Raiders made eight of 17 three-pointers in a 12-point victory.
The Seahawks (4-7) still mustered a late charge, ending the game on a 16-5 run.
“We did a lot of things well,” Seabury coach Keith Smith said, “but we also just didn’t hustle enough.”
That showed up most in the rebounding totals, as the Raiders pulled down 14 offensive boards.
Junior Mariah Smith led Seabury, with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting.