SEYMOUR — A spurt in the second quarter lifted Gatlinburg-Pittman over Seymour on Tuesday night.
The Highlanders led 17-13 at the end of one quarter, but then a 13-1 stretch to end the first half gave them a 36-18 lead going into halftime.
From there, Gatlinburg-Pittman (2-0) never looked back on their way to a 73-49 win.
“We always try to make our non-district games against big schools,” Gatlinburg-Pittman head coach Rashid Moore said. “My coach did that when I played, and I think it works. It is good for postseason. We know that Heritage on Monday and Seymour tonight are dangerous enough to beat us. Our guys bought in, and while it wasn’t perfect we did what we needed to do.”
The Highlanders (2-0) played within their means and efficiently as they shot nearly 64% inside the arch and over 56% from the field. Freshman Ty Glasper led the way with 21 points, and he went 8-13 from two-point range, while senior Grady Branton went 5-6 shooting and scored 12 points.
Seven Highlanders scored five or more points in the win.
Sophomore Carlos Orr was their third player in double figures with 11 points, and he also finished with a double double with 11 rebounds.
“I figured we had four or five guys capable of scoring 20 on any given night from a skill set perspective. I think we are deep and have some guys who can score,” Moore said. “It is going to be able getting stops and rebounding for us.”
The Highlanders were playing only their second game of the year due to most of their players being on the football team whose season two weeks ago, and while they are still finding their footing, Moore is pleased with how they have started the season.
Gatlinburg-Pittman’s run to pull away late in the first half was aided by a defense that pressured Seymour (0-3) into bad decisions on the offensive end.
“We took some bad shots. With how we play, a bad shot is like a turnover,” Seymour head coach Bake Carr said. “We have to be efficient. Some of our guards got a little rushed and they forced the issue. We kept tally, and we had 12 bad shots in the game which isn’t good.”
The Eagles had three scorers reach double figures. Connor Hilton led with 14 points, while Brett Barnwell and Stan Pennington each added 10 points.