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ELDRIDGE — It has turned into a family affair. 

Peek at the North Scott boys basketball team's state championship roster of 2015 and you'll see names like Rollinger, Seales, Kilburg and Anderson. 

When the Lancers open the Class 4A state tournament at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday against West Des Moines Valley, the same surnames are there wearing the identical uniform number. 

It just happens to be their younger brothers trying to fulfill their own championship dreams. 

"Being able to watch our brothers play and seeing what they went through and the dedication they had for basketball, it really helped us out and got us to where we're at," senior Corvon Seales said. 

Cole Rollinger wore No. 12 in 2015. Carson Rollinger dons that uniform today.

Cortez Seales starred as No. 15. Corvon sports that jersey now. 

Trey Kilburg had No. 20. Sam Kilburg wears that number.

Miles Anderson represented North Scott as No. 32. Ty Anderson has this season.

"It just speaks to the legacy that the older brothers have left," North Scott coach Shamus Budde said. "They've created a tradition and expectation of excellence that has carried on long after they left our program. 

"I'd be the first to admit, as often the case, these younger brothers are a lot better than the older brothers."

The family connection doesn't stop there.

Reserve Nile McLaughlin's father, Dave, is one of North Scott's assistant coaches. Junior Reece Sommers' father, Tom, was the AAU coach for many players on the 2015 championship team. 

Budde gives a large amount of credit to the parents and North Scott's youth programs.

"Our community and our coaches pour a lot into our kids well before they even get to high school," Budde remarked.

One relationship runs particularly deep on this year's squad.

Corvon Seales shares the backcourt with younger brother, Cortaviaus.

They are North Scott's top two scorers at 15.5 and 9.3 points per game. They are the team's leading two distributors as well. 

Since Corvon, a senior, and Cortaviaus, a junior, haven't been on the court together much since about third grade, this season has had special meaning.

It will end on the state's biggest stage — Wells Fargo Arena. 

"Being able to take my younger brother under my wing, talk to him, lead him and play with him has been a lot of fun," Corvon said. 

The bond is tight. Corvon said there are times Cortaviaus will come in his room and sleep with him at night. They eat and hang out together. 

"They're best friends," Budde said. "In all the years I've known those two, there is only a handful of times that I've seen one without the other. 

"They're always together. That carries over to the court."

Corvon was a freshman reserve on North Scott's last state team. Cortaviaus was an eighth grader sitting in the stands soaking up the experience.

"It was an exciting feeling to see them win," Cortaviaus said. "I saw they were having a great time, and that's when I knew I wanted to make it there and have a chance to win it all."

Headed to play basketball at Division II Minnesota State-Mankato next season, the 6-foot-3 Corvon excels on both ends of the floor. Closing in on 1,000 career points, he has buried a team-leading 40 3-pointers this season and often draws the assignment of the other team's best offensive threat. 

"Because of his wingspan and those long arms, he can guard a lot of positions and he's quick," Cortaviaus noted. 

Cortaviaus is 5-foot-11, but has a knack at getting to the basket with his quickness and is described by Corvon as a great decision-maker. Cortaviaus has 59 assists versus 28 turnovers for the season. 

"He goes extremely hard, is really confident and doesn't care how big the guy is guarding him," Corvon said. "I still learn things from him. He's just so crafty."

There are many similarities in their games. The biggest?

"We both can handle the ball, but our IQ for the game is pretty strong," Corvon said. 

That comes from being around the game and raised in a household with an older brother who is playing at the University of North Dakota.

"We've been doing this since we've been real young," Cortaviaus said. 

Coming off a one-point win over Dubuque Senior in the substate final, North Scott (20-3) faces a Valley squad riding a 10-game win streak. 

The Tigers, who have played in three of the last four state title games, have not lost since Jan. 16. They possess size, length and rattle teams with their zone defense.

"The coaches I've talked to in Des Moines said, 'Hey, you're playing the best team out of Des Moines right now,'" Budde said. "'You're not playing the seven seed,' and our guys are fine with that. 

"We're not going down there trying to win one game, we're trying to win the whole thing. That's been our mindset since the beginning of the year."

And like their older brothers who broke through with the program's first state championship in 2015, they'll seek to follow in their footsteps.

"We just need to have the same type of energy we had against (Dubuque Senior)," Corvon said, "play to the buzzer and win every loose ball. We'll see what happens."


Sports Editor

Prep sports editor, with emphasis on covering the Mississippi Athletic Conference and Iowa area high schools. I've been in sports journalism for 17 years, the last five at the Quad-City Times.