Feb 25 2009
Roy under Athletics
After winning their 8th conference game of the year a week ago against Cloud, the Seward County Saints Basketball Team had to hang on amidst a furious late game really from Dodge City Saturday night in the Green House to come away with their 9th conference win. The Saints played well through most of the first half but let a 15 point lead slip to just six at the halftime horn. The Conqs came out hungry in the second half shooting a blazing 55% as a team while holding Seward County to just 38% from the floor. Still, the Saints found themselves up by double digits with under five minutes remaining but failed to utilize their 35 second shot clock and after a few missed shots just 10-15 seconds into the shot clock and Dodge City baskets on the other end of the court, Seward County found themselves tied with 35 seconds remaining in the game. While holding the ball for the last shot of regulation Seward seemingly found a crack in the Dodge City defense and drove to the basket. After recovering a loose ball, Jon Tassin was fouled attempting a shot with 12.2 seconds left and was sent to the free-throw line with the game in the balance. Tassin confidently knocked down the first before a Dodge City timeout and coming out after the break, sank the second attempt to put the Saints up by a pair with just over 12 seconds left. Seward County knew that the Conqs were going to try to get the ball into the hands of their superstar guard Rodney Clinkscales and countered with a hounding defensive attack from Tony Smith. Smith trailed Clinkscales the length of the court, fought through a screen and didnít allow the Dodge star to get a shot off as Clinkscales was forced to pass the ball with under two seconds left and the Conqs failed to even get a shot off therefore losing the hard fought battle 71-69. The win vaults the Saints to 8-6 in Jayhawk West Conference Play and leaves them tied with Garden City, who fittingly will come to the Green House Wednesday night in a crucial game for both squads. The winner of Wednesday nightís game between the Saints and Bustersí will earn a home playoff game for the Region VI Tournament while the loser will need a number of scenarios to play out for that to happen. Wednesday night will be sophomore recognition night as four Seward County sophomores and one redshirt freshman will see their last regular season home action in the game against Garden. The quintet will be recognized between the Womenís and Menís game Wednesday night in a ceremony honoring their hard work and dedication while at Seward County. Free tickets for the game are available at Sharp McQueen, P.A., Express Lane #22, Pizza Hut, Community Bank, and Sunflower Bank.