After an 0-3 start to the season, the Seymour Middle School “A” boys’ basketball team won three straight games to improve to 3-3.
On Thursday, the Tigers were poised to go above the .500 mark in home action against the Springfield New Covenant Academy.
But it wasn’t meant to be.
Seymour fell 16-15 to New Covenant as a last-second shot came up inches short, dropping the Tiger record to 3-4.
“The boys executed (the final play) just like we drew it up,” Tiger coach Chris Hastings said. “We had a good look, and it just didn’t fall.
“I’m not disappointed. We fought all game long. We came from behind. And we had a chance ... a good chance.”
Seymour trailed 11-6 at halftime and 14-11 after three quarters.
Leading the Tiger offense was Derek Helms with 5 points, while Trevor Young scored 4.
Wyatt Ellison added 3 points, Noah Powers netted 2, and Caleb Schreffler rounded out the scoring with 1 point.
Prior to Thursday’s crushing loss, the Tigers posted home wins early last week over Marion C. Early of Morrisville and Fordland.
On Monday, Sept. 30, Seymour thumped Morrisville 30-3 behind the game-high 8 points of Helms.
Seymour led 4-0 after one quarter, 12-1 at the half and 24-3 after three frames.
Schreffler, Young and Rigo Alvarado each scored 6, while Casen Hickey netted 4 points.
The next night, Tuesday, Oct. 1, the Tigers handily won over Fordland 32-9.
After a close quarter that saw Seymour leading 5-4, the Tigers led 11-4 at halftime and 24-6 after three quarters.
“In both wins (over Morrisville and Fordland), I felt that our defensive effort was excellent,” Hastings said.
“As a bonus, we got balanced scoring in both games.” Schreffler led the Tigers with 8 points against the Eagles of Fordland.
Alvarado and Ellison each had 5 points.
With 4 points each were Helms, Young and Mason Skiles.
Hickey rounded out the scoring with 2.
The Tiger “B” team is off this week as the “A” team competes in tournament action at Fordland.