The Quakerdale Eagles 9-11 record coming into Friday night’s game with the Seward County Saints might not have opened a lot of eyes. However, the Eagles had already beaten the NJCAA’s preseason #7 team Trinity Valley and played nose to nose with some of the best junior college teams in the country including State Fair in Hutchinson last weekend. As expected Quakerdale hung with the Saints early on in the Greenhouse in Friday night’s Pizza Hut Classic contest but Seward flexed its muscles in the second half to come away with a runaway 91-48 victory to again prove that they are a force to be recon with in the Jayhawk Conference.

In the first half both Seward and Quakerdale struggled to find a rhythm. Both teams spun their wheels and failed to take care of the basketball, resulting in just a 36-25 game at the halftime break. The high flying Saints hit on just 36% of their first half shots while Quakerdale hit 38% but turned the ball over 12 times in the first 20 minutes.
Midway through the half the Eagles were still within striking distance as they hung around flirting with getting the game back to single digits but that was when the home team put their foot on the gas pedal and run away with things. Highlight reel play after highlight reel play for the Saints saw them break the floodgates open and their tenacious defense led them to easy offense as they widened their margin to 25 and then 30 before finishing Quakerdale off 91-48. Seward set the nets on fire in the final 20 minutes, hitting on 57% of their shot attempts while Quakerdale managed just 8 field goals and 25% shooting.
Six different Seward County players reached double figures in the win led by a modest 14 from Deverell Biggs and 13 a piece from Kaheem Ransom and Briston White. Brice Jenkins had a season high 12 and Daveon Boardingham had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Maybe the most impressive player for the Saint sin the win however was Edson Avila who notched 10 points and 8 rebounds in 15 minutes of work while putting a smile on Coach Bryan Zollinger’s face with a pair of late post moves that proved unstoppable.
The Saints improve to 9-2 on the year and will finish the Pizza Hut Classic with a matchup against a physical Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa team Saturday night at 8:00. Earlier on Friday Tonkawa was beaten by Dodge City 77-58 to fall to 7-6 on the year.