After a 1-3 start to the season, the Seymour Middle School
“A” boys’ basketball team has won eight of 10 games.
Three more wins came last week as the Tigers of head coach Chris Hastings defeated Springfield Greenwood, Bradleyville, Mansfield, respectively.
Seymour enters this week with a 9-5 record.
The most-recent victory came Saturday in the first round of the Summit Conference Middle School Basketball Tournament in Seymour, where the Tigers defeated Mansfield by a 25-23 margin in overtime.
It was the team’s second overtime win of the week.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, and we battled foul trouble all game long, but we fought through a lot of adversity to get a really big win,” Hastings said.
“I was proud of my boys in this one. They battled.” Seymour trailed 10-9 after one quarter and 15-11 at the half.
Mansfield led 20-18 entering the final frame.
With 25 seconds left and the Tigers trailing by one point, Seymour standout Conner Young converted a conventional three-point play to give his ballclub a two-point advantage at 25-23.
“We went from down one to up two with his big play,” Hastings said of Young. “Then in the final 25 seconds, we had four fouls to give, so we fouled strategically, and they never got a good shot to tie or win it.
“My boys executed the game plan perfectly at the end.”
Young and Luke Rasmussen led the Tiger scoring with 8 points each.
Brayden Baker netted 5, while Caleb Schreffler and Trevor Young each scored 2 points.
“I feel like this team has improved a lot from the start to the end of the season,” Hastings said.
“Our two overtime wins proved that.”
Seymour’s initial overtime victory came on Monday, Oct. 14, as Springfield Greenwood visited with its high-octane, led by a standout who averaged 30 points per game, the son of longtime NBA basketball player Dahntay Jones, now an assistant men’s basketball coach at Missouri State University in Springfield.
The Tigers won 40-37 in overtime.
In a game where the score was tied 11-11 after the first quarter, Greenwood’s Jays were up 21-18 at halftime.
After three frames, Seymour led 28-26.
“This probably was our best team win of the season,” Hastings said. “Everyone contributed.”
Conner Young paced Seymour’s offense with a game-high 20 points.
Rasmussen added 7 points, while Derek Helms scored 6.
“Derek did a great job on the Jones kid defensively,” Hastings noted. “He held (Jones) to only two points.”
Baker had 4 points, while Schreffler added 3.
On Friday, Seymour traveled to Bradleyville and cruised to a 50-8 win.
The Tigers led 26-2 after one quarter.
“This was a nice team win,” Hastings said. “We got to play a lot of kids in this one.”
Conner Young scored a game-high 25 points.
Rasmussen added a season-high 15.
Wyatt Ellison chipped in with 5 points, Helms scored 3, and with 1 point each were Baker and Trevor Young.