The Seymour High School junior-varsity boys’ basketball team enters this week with a 4-8 record after winning one and losing two last week at The Seymour Bank Winter Classic.
Seymour fell 38-35 to Chadwick in the jayvee tourney’s opener last Monday, Jan. 4, then bounced back Thursday in a 40-30 victory over Springfield Lighthouse Christian.
In Saturday’s fifth-place contest, the Tigers fell 60-48 to Mountain Grove.
A highlight of the tourney was a pair of high-scoring contests from 5’11” junior guard Ivan Whited.
Whited scored 23 points in the Tigers’ narrow loss in the tourney opener to Chadwick, then scored 20 points in Saturday’s game against Mountain Grove.
Seymour battled in the consolation championship despite falling short.
The Tigers trailed 16-10 after one quarter and 32-24 at halftime.
After three quarters, the Panthers led 47-32.
But Seymour rallied in the final frame, cutting the lead to 52-46 with 2:25 to play.
Mountain Grove hit all seven of its free throws in the game’s final two minutes to half the Tiger comeback.
Whited’s 20 points led the Tigers, while freshman guard Luke Rasmussen scored 11 points and had a game-high 8 steals.
Sophomore Cooper Bunch added 10 points.
Junior Manny Gardea scored 5, while freshman Brayden Baker rounded out the scoring with 2 points.
In Thursday’s victory over the Chargers of Lighthouse Christian, Seymour led 14-0 after the first quarter and by a 19-1 count at halftime.
After three quarters, the Tigers were ahead 31-17.
“We probably let this one get closer than it should have been, especially considering the leads we held after the first and second quarters,” Tiger head coach Chris Hastings said.
“Our defensive effort took a step back in the second half.”
Bunch was Seymour’s leading scorer with 13 points.
Gardea and Rasmussen each scored 10.
Whited had 5 points. Baker added 2.
Chadwick jumped out to a large lead against Seymour in the tournament’s opener.
The rival Cardinals led 10-5 after one quarter, 23-9 at the half and 32-17 entering the final frame.
Then Seymour rallied.
With two minutes to play, the Tigers had cut the deficit to a single point before falling by three points at 38-35.
Whited’s 23 points led all scorers. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter.
Bunch had 5 points, while freshman Conner Young had 3 points.
Scoring 2 points each were Baker and Rasmussen.
Next action for the Tiger jayvee arrives this Friday at Conway. Game time is 6 p.m.