The Payson Seymour Indians are one win away from the first Final Four berth in program history.
PAYSON, Ill. (WGEM) -- The fact the Payson Seymour basketball team has advanced deeper into the postseason than any other team in program history is a strong statement, but going through arch rival Unity has made the historical run a little sweeter.
"We lost to (Unity) in the MVIT championship, and we really wanted some revenge on that," junior guard Lance Buhlig indicated.
"To come back with a win against them in an even bigger game was amazing."
According to head coach Brian Rea, "It's hard to beat a team multiple times, and play a team you're very familiar with. We had to battle it out, and it's too bad that only one of us could make it, but it is what it is."
Now the focus turns to Tuesday night's showdown with Madison where one more victory is all that separates the Indians from taking the court at the Final Four this weekend.
"(Madison is) definitely a good team, but we played teams in the summer that were kind of similar to them, and we can kind of compare that," said junior guard Cody Hildebrand.
"We're really confident going into this game."
Rea says protecting the interior on defense is crucial.
"We've got to try to get them frustrated and get them to shoot from the perimeter," Rea claimed.
"We've got to box out, rebound, run when we can, but also try to pick apart their 2-3 zone and get good shots. If we do that, we've got a chance."
No matter the outcome an unforgettable impact has already been made and this is a season that will stand alone in Indian hoops.
"I've put in a lot of hard work, and this is everything I've played for," Hildebrand explained.
"If we went to state, that would be amazing."
Rea concluded, "We're one of the last eight teams standing. Hopefully we can get the job done, but either way I want our whole community to be proud of what they've accomplished."