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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:22

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Seward’s Devin Bethely sets the offense Saturday against Pratt. The Saints won their first home conference game with an 80-62 victory over Pratt. L&T photo/Earl Watt

By EARL WATT

• Leader & Times

Seward controlled most of the first half against Pratt Saturday before a lull in the second half allowed the Beavers to take a four-point lead, but the Saints finished strong in an 80-62 win to move to 2-3 in the Jayhawk Conference.

The Saints shot out to a 10-0 lead with two baskets from Mohamed Selmi and baskets from Karel Trunecek and Jamel Horton. Jordan mitchell added a pair of free throws in the strong start.

Pratt finally broke through the Seward defense, but the Saints continue to outpace the Beavers in the first nine minutes, and after back-to-back baskets by Selmi with 11:01 to play om the first half, Seward had a 28-11 lead.

But the Beavers started to chip away at the 17-point lead, and by halftime the Saints advantage was cut to eight, 36-28.

Pratt started the second half as strong as Seward had started the first, outscoring Seward 14-2 to erase the Saint lead, and Pratt took a 42-38 lead with 14:29 to play.

Seward coach Jason Sautter opted to make his team play through the adversity, and without a time out, the Saints answered with a 14-1 run including a three by Horton, and the saints had a 52-43 lead

Pratt tried to keep Seward close with a three-pointer by Jaylon Wilson that cut the lead to six, but the Saints responded with basket and a foul shot from KéSean Davis, and a three-pointer by Isiah Small put the Saints ahead 58-47.

Seward was able to maintain the double-digit advantage in the final six minutes, and despite giving up a 17-point lead earlier in the game, the Saint were able to push back to a 19-point lead late while the Beavers spent the final four minutes fouling the Saints in an attempt to narrow the gap on missed free throws by the Saints.

But Seward made 24 of 34 attempts at the free throw line in the 80-62 win

Seward shot 47 percent in the win and held the Beavers to 36 percent.

Davis led the Saints with 19 points.

Small had a big night, scoring 13 points to go along with 13 rebounds for a double double.

Selmi scored 15 points, and  Horton ended the night with 10 points.

The win was the first Jayhawk Conference win for the Saints at home.

Seward will have a chance to pull even in the Jayhawk Conference Wednesday when they host the Cowley Tigers in the Greenhouse.

The game is scheduled for 8 p.m., and free tickets are available courtesy game sponsor McDonald’s.

 

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