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June 05th, 2020

Special to the Leader & Times

CHANUTE — Seward County men's basketball defeated Neosho County Community College 68-64. The Saints improved to 9-7 overall and 2-5 in conference play. In the second half, the Saints were able to implement their own speed to the game, with a full-court press that kept the Panthers to just 29 percent from the field in the half.

The first half the Saints struggled offensively against the 3-2 zone set up by the Panthers. Neosho County went on an 18-5 run to lead 27-11 over the Saints. 

Seward County struggled from the field and was unable to get their offense going early. This would change in the final five minutes of the half with the Saints going on a 17-3 run to close out the half. Seward County’s Greg Johnson ended the half with a three-pointer at the buzzer, and the Saints headed to the locker rooms trailing Neosho 35-33. 

With the Saints able to get the shots they were looking for in the first half, Seward County shot 52 percent from the field after the early struggles from the field. 

The second half started with the Saints applying their full-court pressure with a trap that created chaos for the Panthers offensively. Seward County’s Surakata Jawara connected on a three-pointer to put the Saints in the lead 43-42, and they would not give up the lead for the remainder of the game. 

The Panthers struggled from the free-throw line late in the game going just 3-8 in the final two minutes. This gave the Saints the separation they needed to claim the road win 68-64. Seward County snapped a four-game losing streak against conference opponents and put them in fifth place in the Jayhawk West behind Pratt Community College.

Neosho County’s Torey Cargo led the Panthers with 16 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Corbett Kimberlin and Jae-Min Yang each provided 11 points for the Panthers.

For the Saints, freshman Greg Johnson had a career-high in points with 21. Seward County did not have any other player in double digits, but Samuel Henderson provided nine points and three rebounds. 

Seward County faced off against Garden City Community College Monday in the Greenhouse.

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