HHS boys' basketball coach Rod Gorman and an official discuss a play during Friday's home opener inside Hiett Gymnasium.

HHS basketball

Houston senior Riley Cavaness makes a pass in traffic during the second half of Friday’s home opener.

Although it was a loss, Houston boys’ basketball coach Rod Gorman was pleased with his team’s performance in its home opener.

“I thought we battled about as hard as I’ve seen us battle since I’ve been here,” Gorman said after the 53-45 loss Friday to Seymour. “We had a lot of fight. I’m proud of our effort and as we improve, we’ll play better.”

Lucas Kelley scored 17 points and Tayler Ward had 10 for HHS (1-2). Freshman Isaiah Buse had a team-high nine rebounds.

The Tigers led 11-9 after the opening quarter. They were ahead 43-42 early in the fourth before Seymour closed the game with an 11-2 run.

Houston could get a rematch with Seymour this week. The Tigers open play in the 80th Mansfield Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday against Ava. If Houston wins, a rematch is likely awaiting with Seymour in the semifinals.

JUNIOR VARSITY: Noah Moseley had a team-high 10 points in the JV Tigers’ 43-33 home loss Friday to Seymour.

Paydon Dixon and Kyler Ramsey added five points apiece.

BOX SCORES

Friday’s game

VARSITY

Seymour 9 16 15 13 –– 53

Houston 12 7 16 10 –– 45

HOUSTON (45) –– Michael Clayton 6. Isaiah Buse 7. Ty McCloud 4. Lucas Kelley 17. Tayler Ward 10. Cameron Root 4. FG 21. FT 2-6. F 20. (3-pointers: Buse, Kelley. Fouled out: McCloud.)

JUNIOR VARSITY

Friday’s game

Seymour 4 11 12 16 –– 43

Houston 5 12 10 6 –– 33

HOUSTON (33) –– Gavin Alston 2. Paydon Dixon 5. Isaiah Buse 3. Dakota Butchett 2. Kyler Ramsey 5. Ty McCloud 4. Noah Moseley 10. Sterling Jackson 2. FG 13. FT 6-19. F 19. (3-pointers: Buse. Fouled out: none.)

PDF: Mansfield Tournament bracket

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