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State Prep Appraisals — Seabury Academy Boys vs. Ashland
Wednesday marked a disappointing end to an otherwise enjoyable season for Seabury Academy's boys basketball team.
Though the Seahawks achieved one major season-long goal by going to the Class 1A-Division I state tournament, the goal of winning a state title was snatched away from them by Ashland in a 51-50 classic.
Second-year Seabury coach Ashley Battles said it was difficult for the season to end in such fashion.
"This was our first go at state. It was all new to us," Battles said. "It was a lot louder than I anticipated."
Most of that noise came from a raucous Ashland fan base that didn't want to see the Blue Jays lose for the first time this season.
But Seahawks fans, especially the students, made some noise, too, constructing a great environment that was worthy of such an entertaining game.
Though Seabury led 30-23 at halftime, AHS took its game to the next level in the second half and used a 16-0 run to gain control. In the meantime, Seabury sophomore Khadre Lane said, the Seahawks had issues on offense.
"We just didn't really execute as the game kept going," Lane said.
Battles, like the players, wished the team would've played to its potential.
"We played such good team basketball leading up to it (state tournament), then we got here and we tried to do it all by ourselves," the coach said. "You just can't win a big basketball game against a good team like that."
It wasn't their best outing of the season, but there were still some solid performances for the Seahawks. Here are the "Prep Appraisals" from the state-tournament setback.
1. Georgi Funtarov, sr. — 22 points on 8-for-17 shooting, 6 rebounds
The 6-foot-7 big man displayed his inside-outside game in a tough loss. Funtarov, after a slow start shooting-wise, got going from the perimeter and finished by hitting 4-for-8 from three-point land. Ashland picked up its defense on Funtarov in the second half — if the Blue Jays hadn't done so, this game would've had a different outcome.
2. Khadre Lane, so. — 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting, 8 rebounds
The gifted 6-foot-4 guard got to show off his athleticism a couple times in Seabury's season finale. There were barely any transition opportunities for the Seahawks but when they came up it was Lane exploding to the rim. He also gave his team some momentum it really needed in the closing seconds of the first quarter. Lane tracked down a long offensive rebound along the left sideline, more than 30 feet from the basket. With the clock approaching zero, he sent a high-arching shot up and through the net for a three to get his team within two points of AHS — a head's up, highlight-reel play.
3. Thomas Diaz, sr. — 3 points on 1-for-7 shooting, 7 rebounds, 6 assists
The 6-foot-5 wing was feeling ill earlier in the week, but Battles said he was back to 100 percent on Thursday. Diaz couldn't get his shot to fall against AHS but he still made a big impact on offense by driving and passing. It showed a lot about his approach that he didn't let his low point-total impact other parts of his game.
4. Jesse May, sr. — 9 points on 4-for-6 shooting, 2 rebounds, 1assist
May played nearly the entire game for Seabury, sitting only briefly in the third quarter after he took a hit under the basket and got the wind knocked out of him. He scored back-to-back Seahawks baskets in the fourth quarter to halt a huge Ashland run.
5. Garrett Gillett, sr. — 5 points on 1-for-4 shooting, 6 rebounds, 3 assists
Not a lot of scoring, but great activity out of the senior point guard. He chased down some long offensive rebounds, found his way to the foul line a few times and played his complimentary role well.
6. Marcus Allen, so. — Really only got on the floor for about a minute, but having some kind of state experience should prove helpful for him in the future.
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