Boyle (0-3) got to within two at 55-52 on two Clay Carter baskets, and 63-61 on Seth Tamme's two foul shots with 1:22 left. But the Warriors went 5-for-6 from the line over the final 40.8 seconds to seal the win.
Bottoms sees many positives
Carter finished with a game-high 19 points and four rebounds and Tamme had 10 points. Sophomore Aaron Curtis scored 19 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, one of the many positive things Bottoms took from Tuesday's game.
"A sophomore that's never played jayvee coming straight to the varsity, and in his third varsity game has a double-double. I liked that a lot," Bottoms said of Curtis. "And Clay showed a lot of toughness. I liked the way he took the ball to the basket."
The Rebels held Southwestern to a 7-for-31 effort from 3-point range.
"They shoot a lot of 3s, we knew that going in. They've shot 67 and 61 their last two games, they only shot 31 tonight," he said. " I thought we gave a good enough effort on the defensive end to win the game.
"I was very pleased we didn't give in and kept fighting back. We had opportunities to win the basketball game."
For the game, Boyle was 25-for-57 from the floor, 3-for-10 from 3-point range and 8-for-16 at the foul line. Southwestern was 22-for-61 from the field and 17-for-26 from the foul line.
The Warriors pressed from the start, sometimes substituting five players at once to keep fresh players on the floor to press.
"We knew going in they would press us. I just haven't done a very good job of having them prepared in practice," Bottoms said. "And we'll just have to go back and practice and get a little better."
Boyle turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter, but scored the first seven points of the game, including four by Curtis, and led 19-15 after one period.
Rebels trailed by three at halftime
The Rebels held a 32-22 lead on Chad Terrell's score with 4:51 left in the first half when the Southwestern pressure began to take its first real toll. Trent Beeler nailed a 3-pointer to start a 13-0 run that gave the Warriors a 35-32 halftime lead. The Rebels committed eight turnovers during that span and had 19 at the half.
Terrell hit a 3-pointer and Curtis scored twice inside to open the third and give the Rebels a 39-35 lead. Tied at 46-all, Carter scored to make it 48-46, but the Warriors tied it heading to the fourth quarter.
Boyle should get a lift with the return of 6-9 junior Brian Staed (injury) and point guard David White (coaches decision), two of the team's most experienced players. But Bottoms knows if they don't cut down on the turnovers, the Rebels will see more and more teams press.
"That's what I would do if I was playing us," he said. "But I know we're going to get better at it."
PULASKI SOUTHWESTERN - Trent Beeler 13, Casey Daugherty 4, Casey Dalton 7, Chris Roberts 12, Jon Edwards 11, Dustin Fothergill 16, Kirby Mayer 3, Kyle Rodgers 3.
BOYLE COUNTY (0-3) - Greg Peck 2, Daniel Potts 3, Aaron Curtis 19, Chad Terrell 6, Clay Carter 19, Brandon Smith 1, Smith Ahnquist 1, Seth Tamme 10.