By: Lee Ramsey

Nick Sexton goes high to take the shot for the Eagles. (the Herald / Lee Ramsey)

Nick Sexton goes high to take the shot for the Eagles. (the Herald / Lee Ramsey)

The Seymour Eagles basketball season has opened with a split in the Hall of Fame Classic at Seymour High School. New head coach Tony Buell opened his era in a winning fashion by beating Loudon 54-38 in a brilliant defensive effort.

The Eagles were led by Gunner Bison and Cameron Ogle with 16 points each.

The Eagles best was needed in the fourth quarter and Coach Buell got it as the Eagles hit 11 of 13 free throws to ice the win. Ogle was 8 of 9 from the line himself.

“Defensive intensity was the key to the second half,” said Buell. “I was really proud of the guys listening and making the necessary adjustments at halftime.”

The second game two nights later was nothing short of stunning as the Eagles led most of the game but came up short 44-43 in a heartbreaking loss to Alcoa.

New head coach of the Seymour Eagles Tony Buell observes the action. (the Herald / Lee Ramsey)

New head coach of the Seymour Eagles Tony Buell observes the action. (the Herald / Lee Ramsey)

The Eagles were very patient against the Tornado 2-3 zone but still struggled to get the shots they wanted.

“We didn’t do what we needed to do offensively to win the game,” said Buell.

Down by only one point with 2.5 seconds left, the Eagles had to go full court to score and win.

They almost pulled it off on a brilliantly drawn up play and execution except for the final shot going in. The ball was thrown to mid court where the second pass hit the wing for a final shot, but the shot didn’t fall.

“We had a shot at the end of the game to win it but it was off just a little,” Buell said.

Gibson scored 16 points while Nick Sexton put in 13.

The Eagles will now travel to Heritage.

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