The Eagles beat A-E for only the 2nd time; when it matters most.
“I’m so proud of the boys; they fought hard till the end.” Those were the statements coach Randy Moore had about the Seymour Eagles Tuesday night as they took home the victory over #1 ranked Austin-East. This would be only the 2nd time that Seymour has beaten the Roadrunners, a feat last achieved 6 years ago, and it was this victory that would send them to the finals of the district championship. After Chris Thomas made the game winning 3 pointer in overtime with 12 seconds left it was Austin-East’s Markeis Barrett whose last ditch shot from 3 point land bounced off the glass as time expired. As the crowd went wild the refs met at center court. Apparently A-E had called for a timeout but with the crowd noise, no one heard it until too late.
Eventually the refs decided to place 4 seconds back on the clock and gave the Roadrunners the ball on the opposite end of the court, ruling that Barrett was behind the 3 point line when he took his shot.
After Seymour went down by 9 points in the second quarter, scoring only 10 the entire period, they came back to life full force in the third. The dynamic duo of Chris Slay and Josh Harmon worked their magic as they scored a combined 19 points. #32 Josh Harmon opened up the game by scoring 2 of his 4 treys in the third and it was Chris Slays jumper at 2 minutes that tied the game. Danny Dreaden contributed his two baskets to bring the Seymour Eagles above A-E 45-40 going into the final quarter.
Duncan Smith widened the lead by 7 quickly into the beginning of the 4th but foul trouble kept the Roadrunners in the game. A-E couldn’t seem to find the basket for the better half of the quarter as the only points they scored were off of free throws. It was Albert Harris who finally brought the Roadrunners back into it, scoring 20 points in the final quarter and tieing the game with 9.6 seconds left to play. The rest, as they say, is history.
Josh Harmon fouled out in the 4th but took a seat on the bench to a standing ovation and 21 points to be proud about, including 4 treys. He could barely contain his excitement after the game and was seen smiling ear to ear later into the night. When asked about how he felt beating Austin-East Harmon could only reply; “Going 5th in there, beating the number 1 (team), it’s unbelievable.”