Mansfield was hot.
Seymour was not.
As a result, the visiting Lions of Mansfield tamed Seymour’s Tigers in varsity boys’ basketball action last Tuesday, Feb. 9, in Summit Conference action.
Despite entering the contest with one less victory than Seymour, Mansfield cruised to a 56-24 win on the Tigers’ home court.
“We didn’t play well ... and they did,” Tiger head coach Chris Hastings said.
“It’s really as simple as that. We need to forget about this game and move on.”
Seymour fell to 8-14 with the loss, the team’s sixth consecutive defeat.
The Tigers fell to 0-4 in league play.
After the first quarter, Mansfield led 13-7.
That lead expanded to 27-14 by halftime and 41-21 at the end of three frames.
Poor offensive output again doomed the Tigers.
“At halftime, I told the boys that we had to hit some shots and improve our offense,” Hastings said.
“We had 14 points at halftime. In the second half, we only scored 10 points.”
Leading the Tigers’ scoring charge were a pair of juniors.
Forward Bryson Benson had a team-high 9 points.
Guard Payton Bryant added 8.
With 3 points was sophomore guard Eli Nunnally, while seniors Evan Crump and Nathaniel Hosiner each scored 2 points.