Beekman 69, Family Christian 51
EPPS — Daryl Seay pumped in 27 points as Beekman opened the season with a 69-51 victory over Family Community Christian, Thursday night in the Epps Tournament.
"We started off kind of slow, but I expected that. With it being our first game of the year and being a new coach, there was a little transition period," Beekman coach Joseph Waller said of the Tigers' 8-point first half. "Once we settled down and played, we got it going pretty good."
Seay got it going in the second half, scoring 17 points.
"Daryl Seay is probably the most talented player I have ever coached," said Waller, who coached at Prairie View and St. Frederick prior to accepting his current position.
Joe Chandler added 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers for the Tigers. Rounding out the scoring were Greg Tatum with 10, Xavier Hargraves with five, Joe Seay with four, Jaquinten Killian with three and Xavier Lewis with two.
Chandler started at point guard against the Warriors (5-3) with Daryl Seay and Tatum at the wings, and Hargraves and Zak Wade inside, but the lineup is likely to change.
"Joe Seay will be a starter soon," Waller said.
With Joe Seay at the wing, Daryl Seay or Tatum could move to the front court.
"Basically, I'm putting Daryl somewhere where we can get him the ball," Waller said.
The Tigers' bench play stood out in the FCCS game.
"We got in some foul trouble, and everybody got to play," Waller said. "What I was really pleased with was we had some guys come off the bench and play well."
Joe Seay, Martez Mitchell, Xavier Lewis and Jaquinten Killian, in particular, caught Waller's attention.
Others who could contribute this season include Riley Mardis, Rayquon Mansfield and David Benton.
Chad Jones, who is recovering from a football-related knee injury, isn't expected to be available until after the Christmas break.
"Chad will help our depth at the post, for sure," Waller said.
Returning to action in the St. Frederick Tournament, the Tigers are paired against Delhi Charter on Monday and St. Frederick on Tuesday.