NEW MARKET - The fourth quarter arrived in a flash. The season was gone even more quickly.

Southmont's boys' basketball team had its season ended Friday night on its home court by the Seeger Patriots, 62-54.

The fourth quarter was a game in itself. Seeger took a 39-27 advantage to the final period. After playing zone most of the game, Southmont jumped out to a full-court press, trying to keep the ball out of the hands of Seeger's star point guard Borden Kennedy. It was effective, as the trap induced five of the seven turnovers Seeger had in the final period.

"I didn't expect to be down by that much at any one point," Sparks said. "We did a lot of the things that we wanted to do, but they hit the shots they needed to hit."

Senior Nathan Truncone connected on a 3-pointer off of the first turnover, igniting the home crowd. It took Seeger a full minute to score after the press was put on. When the Patriots did hit a shot, junior Jarrett Todd answered with a 3-ball on the other end. Another Seeger bucket was answered by a trey from freshman Cam Chadd.

Everything was going right and Southmont had the perfect plan to execute the comeback. And then not quite everything kept going right. Small errors allowed Seeger to get a 6-0 run, stretching the lead back to 13.

The Mounties never backed down. Another three by Truncone cut the lead to nine. Chadd left no doubt that he was the best player on the court, scoring the next five points to bring Southmont within five, the closest margin since midway through the second quarter.

Small errors once again nipped the hosts. This time, it was too late. Seeger scored their last nine points of the game from the charity stripe.

Truncone added a late 3-ball to finish with nine points in his final game. Chadd hit a three as well, to account for Southmont's last eight points, 13 for the quarter and 30 for the game.

"I thought we had a good gameplan. I still think we had a good gameplan. Tonight they shot 39 percent from three. That's 10 points higher than they shoot on the year," Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said. "Those are tough. We just couldn't capitalize."

Senior Heath Whalen was also able to return for the game after an injury derailed part of his senior season. He got a bucket in the loss. Seniors JD Hudson, Nathan Jent and Mitch Dehne also wore the Mountie uniform for the final time.

"This is a great group. They're coachable, humble and great in the classroom. I'm really really proud of the men that they are. Not just the basketball players. It's heartbreaking to see them go out like this," Sparks said. "This whole year those seniors have been an excellent model for the underclassmen. Those are the kinds of building blocks of your program that you are so grateful for. I'm already missing them."

The game's first three periods moved quickly thanks to stellar defense by Seeger and Southmont. There were runs by both squads early on. The Mounties jumped ahead 8-4, the Patriots responded with a 11-2 run to make it 15-10 after one.

The Mounties kept it a game as halftime neared thanks to a bucket by Chadd and a steal and layup by junior Jarrett Todd. The Patriots clung to a seven-point advantage at the intermission.

The offenses went stagnant out of the break. The teams combined for just 13 points in a third quarter that saw Seeger outscore Southmont 9-4.

The Patriots advanced to the finals of Class 2A Sectional 38 tonight against Fountain Central. The Mustangs throttled 63-35 in the other semifinal. Southmont finishes the year 5-17.