Eagles soaring at Christmas Classic

Dec. 28, 2012 @ 11:43 PM

Despite a slightly sloppy start, the Seymour Eagles hoop squad easily handled the Silverdale Baptist Academy Seahawks 76-41 in a Seymour Christmas Classic contest Friday night.

“Well, it was good to get to play everybody in the holiday tournament,” said Seymour coach Brian Jessie, following the decisive victory. “All the grandparents, aunts and uncles, and everybody got to see everybody play, so that was good.”

The Eagles (12-4), who never trailed against Silverdale (3-10), got things started when Gunner Gibson drained a 6-footer for a 2-0 lead with 6:46 in the first.

By the 1:50 mark of the opening frame, the Eagles had their first 10-point lead of the game, 17-6, when D.J. Griffin converted a layup.

Silverdale managed to cut it to a single-digit affair briefly when Reid Clements grabbed a board and put it back in to make it 19-10 with 6:52 until the half, but Seymour’s Peyton Lee answered immediately with a trey to put the Eagles back up by double-digits for good, 22-10 with 6:39 until the break.

Seymour lead 42-26 heading into the halftime locker rooms, and the Eagles extended that to 61-28 at the end of the third en route to the 35-point victory.

Peyton Lee led Seymour with 16 points, Ethan Parks added 12, and Griffin finished with 11. Douglas Maples and Gibson had seven apiece for the Eagles, while Braxton Dockery and Tanner Webb had six each, Christian Britt had five, Matt Dupes had three, Cameron Ogle had a deuce and Jake McBrayer added a charity shot in the win.

John Hall led Silverdale and all scorers with 17 points. Jordan Delashmitt and Spencer Mossburg had seven apiece, Clements finished with six, and Ben Strawn and Jack Dye had a deuce apiece in the loss.

Seymour next hosts Cincinnati Country Day of Ohio at 8:30 p.m. tonight, while the Seahawks play Tamassee-Salem of South Carolina at 7 p.m. today in more Christmas Classic action at Seymour.

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Thursday night the Eagles kicked off their Classic with a 76-35 trashing of Tamassee-Salem (S.C.).

The overmatched visitors (1-8 overall) stayed relatively close in the opening half before succumbing to an Eagles onslaught after intermission.

Jessie’s Blue and Gold bunch (11-4) outscored the out-of-town Eagles 37-10 in the final two quarter to roll to the easy victory.

Seniors D.J. Griffin and Ethan Parks keyed a 25-0 run to open the third.

Finally, with just 40 seconds left on the clock, Tamassee-Salem’s Kaleb Stewart hit a 3-pointer to get his team on the board. Teammate Tyler Murphy bombed in another 3-ball before the quarer’s end, but by then the Seymour lead stood at 64-31.

The visitor’s offensive struggles continued in the final quarter, as the team hit just one field goal (another 3-pointer) over the game’s final eight minutes.

Griffin led the Eagles’ scoring efforts with 21 points, followed by Peyton Lee with 11. Nine other Eagles scored in the blowout.

Forge takes second Classic game

The Pigeon Forge Tigers started the Classic with a 79-72 win over Silverdale Thursday, but lost their second matchup at the Classic Friday, 70-68, to the Scott County Highlanders.

“They went on a 13-0 run to start the second half to go up 11,” PFHS coach Jonathan Shultz said.

Though the Tigers battled back to tie the game twice, the Highlanders would answer with small runs to keep momentum.

“(We were) down one with six seconds to go, (but) we missed the front end of a 1-and-1,” Shultz said.

Nate Marine led the Tigers with 17 points, while teammates Ben Vaughan, Anthony Shular and Kaleb Black netted 10 each. Ryan Beal added nine points to the Tigers’ effort.