Seth Bowlin, one of the Indians' freshman guards, scored a game-high 12 points, all after halftime, while Adam Robinson added nine and Steven Hairston chipped in eight.
Still, after squaring the game at 32 and trailing only by three at the end of the third quarter, seven fourth-quarter turnovers proved to be the Indians' undoing.
They had at least six giveaways in each quarter.
"We probably lost it really in the first quarter - that's when we lost it," Sissonville coach Rich Skeen said. "We just came out nervous or whatever. Starting two [freshmen] and subbed two in real quick and we just didn't execute what we wanted to do. Nobody's head is down, we're OK, it was a good comeback, but we probably didn't lose it right there at the fourth, we probably lost it in the first quarter. We just dug ourselves too big of a hole."
Cabell admitted that he vamped up his defensive pressure in advance to try to take advantage of the Indians' youthful guards, and Skeen said he fully expects that treatment as the season goes on.
But he is also confident that he has the kind of team that will steadily improve as the year wears on.
"I think we've got the kind of team that is really going to get better," Skeen said. "They didn't do anything we didn't expect. That's a veteran team.
"The way they [pressure] is a little bit different and it will cause you to grow up real quick, and I think we did grow up a little bit tonight."
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