This script should seem familiar to many of North Scott's opponents the last few seasons.
Whenever the Lancers needs big baskets, especially late in the game, Corvon Seales has delivered for his team.
The senior did it again Tuesday night, scoring 13 of his team-high 19 points in the final nine minutes of North Scott's eventual 59-48 victory over Davenport Central in Mississippi Athletic Conference action in George Marshall Gym.
The Blue Devils were within striking distance of the co-conference leaders most the night but whenever Central seemed to be getting close, Seales came through. The Blue Devils had pulled with 36-33 late in the third quarter when Seales started to get going. He buried a three-pointer with 51 seconds left to get the visitors some breathing room at 39-33 at the end of the third quarter.
The teams went back-and-forth for the first three minutes of the fourth quarter and a jumper from Central's Jonathan Lewis made things interesting again at 44-39 with 4:28 remaining in the contest.
But Seales hit a runner in the lane and following two defensive stops by his teammates, canned a jumper from the foul line to make it 48-39 with 2:41 left. Seales capped off his seven points in just two points with a conventional three-point play on a hard drive to the basket.
His free throw made it 51-42 with 2:13 left. Cortaviaus Seales (14 points) and Tytan Anderson (12 points) made some key free throws down the stretch to help the visitors salt the game away.
"Other teams always seem to have a player that can control the tempo and make something good happen at key times and that's him," Central coach Craig Wurdinger said of Corvon Seales. "He is long and he can get to the basket and he is a decent outside shooter so he is tough to defend. We don't have a lot of guys that can match up with him. You can try and go quick and small on him or go big and he's tough.
"A kid like him can score 10 points in the fourth quarter at crucial times and that says a lot about the player."
Seales, for his part, says he doesn't try to do anything special. He said he tries to get all of his shots within the offensive game plan.
"The last four minutes, I just tried to be a leader on the court," Seales said. "I try to pick the guys up in key spots. I will take my shots when I have good opportunities."
The Lancers were sluggish in the first quarter and trailed 9-8 after one as both teams could hardly find the basket. But the Lancers (15-3 overall, 13-2 in MAC) put up 21 points in the second quarter to take control while locking down on the Blue Devils (4-14, 3-12).
Central made just four of its 18 attempts from the field in the first half. Cortaviaus Seales and Anderson helped spark North Scott in that quarter to a 29-19 edge at the half.
The Blue Devils turned up their own defensive intensity in the third quarter to get back into the game. Nate Tyson, who had a game-high 23 points, scored nine of his points in the third to keep the hosts withing striking distance.
Despite the victory, Seales added the Lancers have to improve in this final stretch of the regular season.
"We have to be a lot better than we were tonight on both ends of the floor," Seales said. "I felt like (Central) kind of took it to us in the second half. We definitely have to pick it up these last two weeks."