Saints lose third straight, suffer OT loss to Barton
Thursday, 08 January 2009 17:51
Daily Leader photo/Earl Watt
Antonio Smith drives the lane Wednesday against Barton County. Smith
scored 33 points, but Seward fell 89-83 in over time to Barton County.
By Rustin Watt
Thge third time was not a charm.
The Seward County Saints played in their third overtime game this
season and fell to Barton County 89-8.
The Saints jumped out to an incredible start this season beginning
13-0 but have since dropped three straight games, two of those losses
coming from Jayhawk West opponents putting Seward at 0-2 in the
conference while Barton bumps up to 2-0. Along with those other
terrible threes, three Saints fouled out last night in the contest
and in doing so the Saints allowed Barton to shoot 40 free throws.
Barton didn’t just shoot 40 free throws they made them count shooting
85 percent making 34 of 40 shots from the line. “That is wrong,”
coach Bryan Zollinger said. “To let one team get to the line forty
times speaks of a lack of intelligent aggression on defense.”
The whole night was not downhill the Saints showed much promise early
on jumping out to a 28-18 lead midway through the first half. The
Cougars took advantage of Saints’ turnovers and made 13 of their 15
first half free throws to take a a one-point lead and end the half
40-41 in favor of Barton.
The second half was tough. Barton had got their lead up to nine with
the score 60-69 with only a few minutes remaining in the game. A
couple threes by Thijin Moses sparked a 16 to 7 run for the Saints
and a chance in overtime.
Foul troubles, turnovers, and injuries proved too much to overcome.
“We were making a lot of rookie mistakes, mental mistakes,” Zollinger
said. “Guys not running the plays called, guys going in for the wrong
man; just making a lot of mental mistakes and not staying focused and
not staying tough enough on the defensive end and rebounding.”
The Saints missed their leading scorer in Latiq Agard due to an
injury but coach Zollinger refused to let that be an excuse.
“Injuries are a part of sports someone has to step up and fill those
shoes,” he said. “There is nothing you can do to control injuries or
how quick they can come back. We have to learn to play without him
and win without him.”
Antonio Smith stepped up put up a terrific performance, scoring 33
points along with nine rebounds and eight assists. Marcus James
scored 15, Drew jones added 12, and Thijin Moses scored 11.
The Saints have started conference play at 0-2 and look to rebound
Saturday to begin a journey back to the top against Colby currently
1-1 in the conference.