Morristown East dominates Seymour from start to finish

Morristown East’s Cody Ridley (30) goes up for a shot in the paint against Seymour on Saturday.

It was one of those nights for Morristown East on Saturday at Isenburg-Siler Gymnasium, one of those when there’s not much that goes wrong for you.

The Hurricanes took advantage of a bunch of steals and easy layups to shoot a staggering 68.8 percent from the floor and blasted winless Seymour, 84-29.

East led 18-10 after one quarter but poured in 32 points in the second stanza for a 33-point halftime lead and never looked back in racking up its seventh win against three losses. The ‘Canes are now 3-1 in Inter Mountain Conference play.

Micah Simpson and Braden Ilic, both only sophomores, set a hot scoring pace for East with 22 and 18 points respectively. Both played just two and a half quarters as Coach Alden Collins sat his starters with just under four minutes left in the third.

Simpson had a dozen in the first quarter while Ilic tossed through 14 in the second. They had just one basket apiece after that.

Shaffer Harville added nine points while Cooper Wright and Caleb Hall scored eight each as 11 Hurricanes got into the scoring column.

Seymour, which fell to 0-11 for the season and 0-4 in the conference, was led by Jake Robinette and Tyler Whaley with six points each.

“I thought we had a really great second quarter,” said Collins. “We were coming off a big win on Friday and I was afraid we might be a little flat, but we came out and played really well.”

Collins added, “It feels great to be 3-1 in the conference.”

East gunned in 33 of 48 from the floor including 7 of 14 three-point attempts. Seymour managed only 36 shots because of numerous turnovers against the ‘Canes’ press. The Eagles hit 9-for-25 percent and finished 2-of-14 from long range.

The Hurricanes also had a big rebounding margin (39-24) with point guard Cole Henson leading the way with eight.

Seymour scored first and then Robinette hit a three and a fast-break layup to give the Eagles a 7-4 lead with 4:38 left in the initial period.

However, East ran off 11 straight with Ilic hitting a dunk off a lob from Simpson to start the spree. Simpson then hit three baskets and a three and it was 15-7.

The Hurricanes led 18-12 at the first rest stop but scored the first 17 points of the second quarter and the rout was on. Seymour scored only five in the frame and it was 50-17 at intermission.

Things got worse for the Eagles in the third frame even when the starters went to the bench.

The visitors didn’t make a basket in the quarter and the lead grew to 50 on Hall’s basket. Wright nailed a three to make it 72-22 going to the fourth.

The clock ran continuously during the final canto but Hall popped through a pair of triples and Hayden Seals hit another. The biggest margin came at 84-27.