By: Lee Ramsey
The Seymour basketball team has been very busy while others have been enjoying their time off during the Christmas break.
The boys hosted their first Annual Seymour Christmas Classic at Seymour High School. Teams were here from across the state of Tennessee as well as other states including Kentucky and Alabama. One team came from as far away a Memphis.
The teams included Seymour, Kings Academy, Grainger, Edmonson County (KY), G. W. Carver (Memphis), Elkmont (AL), Jellico and McMinn Central.
The Eagles won all three of their games as they defeated Jellico 89-87 in a close high scoring contest. Top scorers were D. J. Griffin 18, Logan Jenkins 15 and Eric White 14.
The second night the Eagles defeated cross street rival Kings Academy 76-57. Top scores were Bobbo Chesser with 21 and 11 rebounds and Payton Lee with 13.
In the final game, Seymour defeated Elkmont 49-46 in a tough defensive battle. Griffin was top scorer with 16.
Two Eagles made the All Tournament team; Griffin and Jenkins.
After their Christmas tournament success the Eagles continued down the same path as they defeated their Chapman Highway rivals down the road, South Doyle, by a score of 52-33. It was a district win and a great way to kick off the New Year.
The blowout win really applied more to the second half as the Eagle shutout the Cherokees 14-0 in the third quarter.
Seymour Coach Brian Jessie obviously had an effective halftime talk after only leading 23-21 at the break.
With the easy win, the Eagles got to play several young players which will help their depth down the road.
Leading scorers were Nick Walker with 10, Logan Jenkins with 9 and D. J. Griffin with 8 points and 12 rebounds.
The win improves Seymour’s record to 11-6 overall.
Seymour Basketball Does Well in Classics
By: Lee Ramsey