BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- This past Saturday, Seton Catholic boys basketball won its first sectional title since 2012. One of the key pieces behind the Saints success this season has been freshman guard Marcus Dyes.
"I wouldn't bet against Marcus Dyes," Seton Catholic head coach Chris Sinicki said Monday at practice.
The freshman phenom dominated the Class B sectional tournament, scoring 20 points in all three games, including the championship.
"I've been dreaming about that every since I was like seven, to play in the Arena, to get that medal around my neck, always been a goal of my, and it felt really good to actually accomplish that goal," Dyes said.
But that's not the only goal Dyes has accomplished during his freshman season.
"One of his goals this year was to increase his scoring average and be more of an impact player on both ends of the floor, and I think, needless to say, he's accomplished those goals," Sinicki added.
Dyes -- who left Johnson City for Seton Catholic back in seventh grade -- is averaging nearly 12 points per game this season.
On the defensive end, the freshman guarded Owego's standout junior Kobe Bogart in the Class B championship game.
The two-year varsity starter says that his basketball I.Q. is constantly growing and credits a lot of his development to his head coach.
"With [Chris Sinicki] being my coach, my game went to another level," said Dyes. "I'm just thankful to have him as a coach."
Dyes is averaging 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 2.0 steals per game.
"Now he's making his mark as a freshman, playing against guys who are juniors and seniors, and not only holding his own, but excelling, and in some instances, in certain parts of the game, being huge reasons why we're winning games and why we're doing as well as we're doing," Sinicki said.
Dyes first picked up a basketball at a very young age.
"I mean, basketball is my life," said Dyes. "I've been playing basketball since I was three years old."
That passion, coupled with his extreme work ethic helped him to quickly earn the respect of his veteran teammates.
"He's mature beyond his years, and we treat him in that way, and he really responds well, not like a freshman should," said Seton Catholic senior guard Leo Gallagher. "It's crazy to think that he has three years left after having two big years already. The program's in good hands, to say the least."
But before we jump ahead to Dyes' future, the focused freshman has one more goal left to accomplish this season.
"The next goal that I want to have is the state championship," added Dyes. "So I'm going to work hard and make sure I can do anything I can to make that happen, too."
Dyes will look to score 20 points for a fourth consecutive game when No. 6 Seton Catholic battles No. 17 Westhill in the NYSPHSAA Class B Regionals Sunday, March 11 at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Tip-off is schedule for 3 p.m., but as we learned Monday, that time is subject to change.