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A year ago, the Seymour High School varsity boys’ basketball team was the No. 10 seed at the Walnut Grove Holiday Classic and advanced to the 16-team event’s semifinals, losing a pair of close games in the final two rounds.

For the Tiger boys to repeat that feat this season, Seymour will have to work even more magic in the opening rounds after receiving the 12th seed.

In the tourney’s first round, Seymour faced a familiar foe in Conway, a fellow member of the Summit Conference.

Conway earned the fifth seed.

The two teams faced off late Tuesday in Walnut Grove.

On the other side of the immediate bracket is Fordland, the tournament’s No. 4 seed. The Eagles of head coach Brett Rippee will take on No. 13 Macks Creek at 4 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Marion C. Early gym in Morrisville.

For the winners, the next matchup arrives at 3 p.m. this Saturday afternoon in the tourney’s second round.

The losing teams will play at 11 a.m., also on Saturday.

The final two rounds of tournament play are scheduled for next Tuesday (Dec. 29) and Wednesday (Dec. 30); however, if teams from Fordland or Seymour should lose their first two games, a third game will be played at 4 p.m. next Monday at Marion C. Early High School in Morrisville.

Fordland enters the tourney with a 6-2 record.

Seymour's record is 1-5.

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