- Bryant paces Tigers

Payton Bryant

Junior Payton Bryant, a 5’8” guard, led the Tiger varsity boys’ basketball team in scoring in the 2020-21 campaign, according to final statistics released Monday by Seymour head coach Chris Hastings.

Seymour ended the campaign with a 9-15 overall record and a 1-4 mark in the Summit Conference.

In 24 games this winter, Bryant scored a team-high 296 points, good for a per-game average of 12.3.

No other Tiger averaged double-figure points.

He shot 40 percent (59 for 147) on two-point shots, 31 percent (39 for 127) from three-point range and 80 percent (61 for 76) from the free-throw line.

Bryant also had a team-high 74 assists, 64 rebounds, 48 steals and drew 11 charges.

Next on the team in scoring was 6’3” junior forward Bryson Benson with 210 points, good for an 8.8 average.

Benson shot a team-best 50 percent from the field, connecting on 95 of 189 field goals. He shot 48 percent (20 for 42) on free throws.

He also led the team in rebounding with 161, including 57 offensive rebounds. Benson also had 24 steals and 12 blocked shots.

Third on the team in scoring was 5’10” sophomore guard Bill Daily with 183 points, an average of 7.6 per game.

Daily shot 39 percent (36 for 92) on two-point field goals, 28 percent (25 for 91) on three-pointers and 64 percent (36 for 56) from the free-throw line.

He grabbed 76 rebounds and handed out 58 assists.

He also had 13 steals and drew 7 charges.

Classmate Eli Nunnally, a 6’0” guard, scored 133 points in the just-completed season, averaging 6.3 per game.

He hit 29 percent (13 for 45) of his two-point shots, 26 percent (32 for 121) of his three-point shots and was 11 for 17 (65 percent) on his free throws.

Nunnally added 37 rebounds and 26 assists.

Close behind in scoring was 6’1” senior forward Brock Pearce with 131 points, as he averaged 6.2 per game.

Pearce shot 48 percent (56 for 116) from the field and hit 16 of 21 (76 percent) from the free-throw line.

He was second on the team in rebounding with 152, with 49 of his rebounds coming on the offensive end. He also had 39 assists and 30 steals.

Next for the Tigers in scoring was 6’0” senior forward Evan Crump, who scored 51 points in an injury-plagued campaign that limited him to 12 games. His per-game average was 4.6 points.

Crump shot 48 percent (14 for 29) on two-pointers and 46 percent (6 for 13) on three-pointers. He also posted totals of 31 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 steals and drew 6 charges.

Senior Nathaniel Hosiner, a 5’10” guard, was next on the team in scoring with 38 points (1.9 average per game).

He shot 44 percent (12 for 27) from the field and added 41 rebounds, 15 steals, 11 assists and 5 charges drawn.

Others who scored varsity points for the Tigers included 5’7” sophomore guard Derek Akers (13 points), 5’10” freshman guard Connor Young (13 points) and 5’10” junior guard Manny Gardea (5 points).

As a team, Seymour scored 1,083 points in 24 games, a per-game average of 45.1.

Defensively, the Tigers allowed 1,247 points (52 points per game).

The team shot 44.5 percent (294 for 660) from two-point range, 28.3 percent (111 for 392) from three-point range and hit 64.8 percent (162 for 250) of their free throws.

Seymour had 408 turnovers, an average of 17 per game.

Next season, the Tigers will return nearly 80 percent of their scoring.

It was a campaign of streaks for this season’s ballclub.

Seymour opened with a 1-6 record, then won seven of nine games to reach an 8-8 mark, which was followed by a 1-7 stretch to end the season.

In Hastings’ six season at Seymour, his teams have posted respective records of 13-13, 10-16, 13-14, 18-9, 18-11 and 9-15, good for an overall mark of 81-78.

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