With just over 4 points a game returning to the Seward County Menís Basketball team this season coming off of last seasonís National Tournament run, some of the Seward County faithful may have wondered what this year was going to be like. Much like the Lady Saints had done before them, the Saints silenced their critics with an eye-opening display in their two games of the 2008 Pepsi Classic.

Opening night at the Greenhouse brought the Sterling College JV team to battle the Saints. Seward County pounced all over the Warriors to a 25-2 lead with a mixture of swarming full court press defense and solid play inside and out on the offensive end and rapidly turned any doubters into believers. By halftime the Saints led by 46 and even after taking the pressure off to start the 2nd half, Seward went on to rout the Warriors by over 75 points 117-41.Latiq Agard paced the Seward County offense with 28 points on 12 of 16 shooting while also ripping down a team high 7 rebounds. Marquez Patterson gave Coach Bryan Zollinger instant energy off the bench and collected a team high 6 steals to go along with his 14 points. Jon Tassin and Thijin Moses made the most of their Greenhouse debuts combining for 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Drew Jones, the lone returner to get the starting nod for the Saints pitched in nicely with 12 points in just over 13 minutes of play. The Saints aggressive defense caused 55 turnovers for the Warriors to just 3 assists.

Saturday the Saints used white hot shooting to take down Colorado Northwestern in another big blowout win. Led by 73% shooting from their starters, Seward County again cashed in on 45 turnovers from the Spartans to put up a staggering 116 on the scoreboard including 69 second half points. Five Saints players scored in double figures on the evening including Marquez Patterson (19), Tony Smith (18), Drew Jones and Thijin Moses (16), and Latiq Agard (15). For the second consecutive night, every Saints player on the roster found their way into the scoring column showing the depth that coach Bryan Zollinger has brought in to this yearís squad. Along with his 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting, Tony Smith dished out 10 assists and collected 6 steals, both leading the team.

Next up on the task list for the 2-0 Saints will be non-conference action against Central Christian College and the University of St Maryís on Thursday and Friday in McPherson and Leavenworth respectively. After their week on the road, Seward County will head home to prepare for the Wendyís classic in which they will lock up with Central Christian again before a non-conference Region VI tilt with Independence C.C. on November 14-15.