New Seymour coach Tony Buell stressing patience

Nov. 13, 2013 @ 01:06 AM

Patience is the word in Seymour.

Basketball is a tournament sport and the Eagles’ new boys coach, Tony Buell, said peaking in the new year is what’s important.

“We’re doing some new things,” Buell said. “It’s just going to take some time. We’re not in a sprint, we’re in a marathon. It may not look pretty in November or December, but by the time we get to January, February it will go together. It will work.”

Buell, in his 21st year as a coach, knows how to build a winning program. He comes to Seymour from Carter where he led the Hornets to a pair of state tournament appearances and nearly 17 wins per year over his seven seasons. He said he’s breaking things into the fundamentals for the Eagles right now, creating the foundation for the kind of success he had at Carter.

The most encouraging thing for Buell? He said his new players are sponge-like, willing to soak up any and all information he can give out.

“They’re hungry,” Buell said. “They’re like ‘Hey, what’s next?’ They want to go faster than what we need to go. It’s a very positive experience watching these young men. They ask a lot of really good questions.”

That doesn’t mean it’s always been easy. 

“It was confusing at first,” said senior Austin Arrington. “For me and Gunner (Gibson), we’ve got to be leaders so we knew a little more than everyone else. We had to really help everybody else. It was hard at first, but it’s getting easier as it goes along.”

Gibson said Buell’s system is a little bit different. His new coach likes a lot more motion as opposed to former coach Brian Jessie’s affinity for set plays. 

Buell pointed to both Arrington and Gibson as keys in that new system. Gibson is a 6-foot-5 post that already showed his explosiveness by dropping 31 points in one scrimmage. Arrington has some versatility, being able to handle the ball and play the 1, 2 or 3. Buell described the senior as a slasher he hopes can draw some fouls attacking the basket this winter.

But adding to the need for patience, Arrington is out 4 to 6 weeks after injuring his elbow in a scrimmage. 

When Arrington returns, Gibson said he should add to a stable of outside shooters for Seymour. Add that to Gibson’s post presence and the Eagles could be peaking at the right time, just the way Buell planned it.

“You’ve got to keep working as the season goes on,” Gibson said. “Nobody drops their head. It’s tournament time in January. You work for January.”