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Seward earns home playoff game with big win on Sophomore Night, 84-52 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 11:48


Julian Santamaria dribbled the ball against Dodge City’s Justice Dixon Saturday night in the Greenhouse. The Saints ran away with an 84-52 win before dropping the seaosn finale on the road in overtime to Garden City, 


• Seward sports information director

Teams always want to play their best basketball towards the end of the season, and Seward County is starting to hit their strides, winning a conference game by a season-high, defeating the Dodge City Conquistadors 84-52. With the win and an Independence loss to Hutchinson, Seward moved into seventh place in the Jayhawk Conference and secured a first round home playoff game.

Two straight Ke’Sean Davis three pointers to open the game were a sign of things to come for the Saints, as they could hardly miss all night.  Hegel Augustin gave the Saints a 10-point lead just six minutes into the game forcing a Conq timeout.

Seward used the Dodge City timeout to their own advantage, going on a 7-0 run over the next the next five minutes to extend their lead to 24-7. The Conqs tried to fight back over the remainder of the half, but the Saints defense was too much, holding Dodge City to just 29 percent shooting in the half, as Seward took a 39-24 lead into the break.

The Saints began pulling away early in the second half, going on a 6-0 run to take their first 20-point lead of the game following a Davis jump shot. With just under twelve minutes to play, a signature corner three from sophomore Terrell Alfred pushed the Saints lead to over 30. Montrevion Flowers gave the Saints their largest lead of the day with a floater in the late to put the Saints up 80-45. Seward milked the clock for the remainder of the game, to win 84-52.

Seward shot 52.4 percent (33 of 63) from the floor in the game to push their record to 8-1 when they shoot over 50 percent from the floor.  The Saints held the Conqs to just 28.3 percent from the floor (17 of 60) and 26.7 percent (8 of 30) from deep.

The Saints have been pounding the paint as of late, and Saturday night was no different, coming away with 40 points in the paint, while allowing just 14.

Three Saints scored in double figures, including both sophomores as Davis ended the night with 22 points and 8 boards, while Alfred finished with 13 points.  Isiah Small rounded out the trio with 13 points of his own.

In Garden City, free throws were the key in a 75-72 overtime loss.

The Saints had to wait until overtime to reach the bonus, but Seward couldn’t connect on their lone free throw attempt, while Garden hit five of their eight attempts in overtime.  Seward had a shot to tie the game on the final possession but could not get a shot up, losing 75-72.

The deciding factor in the game was the free throw advantage with the Saints going 4 of 7 from the charity stripe and the Broncbusters hitting 25 of 35 from the free throw line.

The Saints will host the Butler Grizzlies in the Region VI first round at 7 p.m.Thursday in the Greenhouse. Free tickets will be avaiable thanks to sponsor McCaffery Law Firm.  Tickets will be available at Pizza Hut and Hutch’s. 




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