By Lee Ramsey, [email protected]

Eagle Ethan Parks goes up for the shot. (The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

Eagle Ethan Parks goes up for the shot. (The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

The Seymour Eagles basketball team closed out the season on senior night with an overwhelming win over Grainger county 68-41 at Seymour.

The Eagles (17-11 overall) will now host the district 2-AAA Tournament at Seymour High School after winning their last four games in a row to close out the regular season.

The win over the Grizzlies (14-14) was one of their most complete games of the season.

“We came out ready to play,” said Seymour Head basketball Coach Brian Jessie. “It was the best four quarters we have played in a while.”

When they played at Grainger County earlier in the season, the Eagles only won the game by one point.

“Our guards did a great job defensively on their guards this time,” Jessie added. “Up there, they didn’t.”

Senior D. J. Griffin led Seymour with 23 points which included 18 points in the first half alone.  He also had an incredible slam off an alley-oop play.

The Eagles took control of the game early and led 19-10 at the end of the 1st quarter largely because of Griffin’s 8 points. Griffin duplicated that performance the 2nd quarter and the Eagles led 35-19 at intermission.

Seymour standout DJ Griffin takes it home.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

Seymour standout DJ Griffin takes it home.(The Herald/ Lee Ramsey)

After the Grizzlies cut the Eagles lead to 12 in the third quarter, Seymour went on a 17-2 run to lead 50-25 with 3:12 to go in the 3rd quarter.

At the end of the quarter, Seymour held a 54-29 point lead and the game was basically over as both teams began substitutions.

After Griffin’s 23, the next highest scorers for the Eagles were Park and Braxton Dockery with 8 each, Peyton Lee followed with 7, Gunner Gibson 6, Mitchell Jones 5, Matt Dupes 4, Christian Britt 3 and Nick Sexton and Jake McBrayer had 2 apiece.

Seymour has lost a lot of close games this season, losing 3 by 1 point, 2 by 3 points and 2 by 6 points.  The Eagles are a much better team than their record indicates.

“Of course we want to win every game but the tough games during the regular season will help in tournament play,” Jessie said.  “We can turn something good into something great.”

This Seymour basketball team is a special group of children according to Jessie.

“These guys have worked hard,” he said. “They are very coachable and have good character and are accountable as individuals and as a team.”

Seymour will go into the district tournament as a six seed. They have beaten most of the higher seeded teams during the regular season which is encouraging for their tournament prospects.

To advance in the tournament, however, the Eagles are going to have to shoot better from the free throw line which has been the worst part of their game this year.

Seymour will open the district tournament against local rival South-Doyle at Seymour.

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