Top 10 countdown: Seventh grade basketball wins big

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Over the course of the summer, The Sealy News will be looking back at the 2017-2018 school year and all the incredible accomplishments of the athletes of Sealy athletics.

Whether they’re seventh-grade basketball players putting up scores similar to a Globetrotters game or a first-ever state champion, Sealy athletes have accomplished great feats this past year.

Teams at every level from varsity, junior varsity and below showed what they were capable of in any season and although many saw their seasons end in the playoffs, making it that far at all was no easy task.

Coming in at number 10 of the best stories from the past year is the seventh-grade boys’ basketball team. The team went undefeated on the season with a record of 14-0 which was capped off by a 49-16 win in the district championship.

The wide margin was not something out of the ordinary for the team. On the season, they averaged 39 points a game while only allowing an average of 18 points to their opponent. Head Coach Jason Luckett said the team’s second-to-last game of the season is what really made them feel confident.

“West Brazos was a really talented undefeated team that we beat 50-25 which proved that when played up to our full capabilities, we knew we could beat anybody,” he said. “I think a lot of these kids have talent level that matches what I saw of Reece Novicke when I coached him at this level.”

Novicke was one of two sophomores who were on the high school varsity roster this season.

What truly made the team special was not what they overcame on the court but how their strength and camaraderie off it.

“One of the players lost his mom and so we lost him for the rest of the season so he really became a rallying point for us as a team to come together and support not just him but each other as well and then we went out and beat Stafford in our closest game of the season which proved we were more than just one good player but a good unit altogether,” Luckett said.

Luckett went on to say one of the things that impressed him about the team wasn’t their talent alone but their drive to better themselves despite that talent.

“I don’t think I’ve ever coached a group of guys like this before,” the coach said. “I would never give them a practice off but even if I tried, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t let me. Everyone wants to be cheered for in the stands but you have to work for that and these kids are embracing that.”

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