It’s been a lean few years for Seymour. The Wildcats have won just 15 games the past six seasons.
“The last couple of years, the goal always was still to win eight games. I’m not sure other people felt it was achievable,” Seymour coach Joe Carrafiello said.
Carrafiello, now in his 14th season coaching his alma mater, didn’t set an eight-win goal this season. With four starters returning, he thought the Wildcats were capable of much more.
Seymour claimed win No. 8 in its 14th game, beating Ansonia on the road 68-54 Friday night to sweep the season series. It’s the first time Seymour made postseason play since the 2009-10 season.
“It’s always nice to beat them twice. There was a nice little celebration in the locker room. We knew at some point, this would happen,” Carrafiello said.
It’s been a tough adjustment for the former Class L-sized program. It lost its share of players to Oxford. Now, “we scrape into (Class) M. We are probably pretty much an S school,” Carrafiello said.
Junior Jaylen Crawford (22.4 ppg.) is among the leading scorers in the Naugatuck Valley League. His younger brother, Kevin, transferred in from Bassick and had a triple-double (27 points, 13 rebounds, 10 steals) against Ansonia.
Senior co-captain Alex Massie started the last two seasons, but gave way to Kevin Crawford and now comes off the bench. “He adjusted to that role so Kevin could start. He never complained about it,” Carrafiello said.
Three-year starter and co-captain Nick Martins is also part of that senior class that “I feel great for because they stuck through all the losing and kept hearing about it,” Carrafiello said.
Now Seymour would like to try and qualify for the eight-team NVL tournament and maybe get a home game in the state tournament.