A week ago, the Seymour Middle School “A” boys’ basketball team had a 2-3 record.
Fast forward to the beginning of this week, and the Tiger squad of head coach Chris Hastings is 5-3 after a trio of home victories.
Seymour defeated Marion C. Early of Morrisville 38-17 on Monday, Sept. 30, won by the same 38-17 count over Fordland on Tuesday, Oct. 1, then closed the week Thursday with a 37-18 decision over the Springfield New Covenant Academy.
“It was a good week for us, without a doubt,” Hastings said. “In all three of the wins, we had an excellent defensive effort, especially against New Covenant after a slow start in the first quarter.
“This group of boys really plays hard. And they take a lot of pride in playing good defense. It showed last week.”
The Tigers opened the week with a 21-point win over Morrisville, holding a 14-8 lead after one quarter, which expanded to a 24-11 margin by halftime.
After three frames, Seymour was up 30-12.
Conner Young paced the Tiger offense with a game-high 29 points, including 18 in the first half.
Guard Luke Rasmussen added 3, while Brayden Baker, Derek Helms and Caleb Schreffler scored 2 each.
The next night against Fordland, Seymour again jumped out to a big lead, holding advantages of 11-3 after the first quarter and 26-11 at the half.
Seymour’s lead was 34-15 with one quarter to play.
Despite battling back issues, Young led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points, while Rasmussen chipped in with 8 points.
Baker scored 6, Helms added 5, and Trevor Young had 2 points.
On Thursday, New Covenant visited and gave Seymour an early scare.
After one quarter, Seymour trailed 9-2.
“We played about as ugly a first quarter as a team can play,” Hastings said with a smile. “It wasn’t pretty.”
Then the Tigers put on a defensive show in the second frame.
Seymour outscored New Covenant 14-2 in the quarter to lead 16-11 at halftime.
“As ugly as the first quarter was, our performance was the complete opposite in the second quarter,” Hastings noted. “The key was our defense. We locked down defensively. It was fun to watch.”
Seymour led 25-16 after three quarters and cruised to a 19-point victory.
Conner Young led the Tigers with 17 points, while Baker and Rasmussen each scored 6.
Helms added 5 points, Schreffler scored 2; Trevor Young had 1 point.
This week, Seymour is competing in tournament action at Fordland.
A schedule of the tourney’s remaining games can be found on Page 5 in this newspaper and eEdition.