Coming off of a big win at #7 Barton on Wednesday night, some wondered if the Seward County Saints would have a letdown as they faced a Colby team that finished 8th in the conference a year ago. But the guys in green did their homework and realized that this Trojan team was a little bit different, coming into Saturday night’s game with Seward with a 13-2 mark and fresh off a win over Cloud County in their conference opener. The Saints started slow, but once they got going they were like a snowball rolling downhill, going on an 11-1 run late in the first half to carry a lead into the locker rooms and then blowing the Trojans out of the water in the second half, scoring 47 points to win going away 82-65 to move to 14-2 on the year.

It was tough sledding early on for both the Seward County Saints and the Colby Trojans in the matchup of a pair of teams with identical 13-2, 1-0 records on the 2011-2012 season. The first basket of the game was put in over two minutes into things and it was Colby that held a 9-4 lead after four minutes were gone. The Saints got things on track though and scored seven straight points on a three pointer from Kaheem Ransom and four straight from Deverell Biggs to take their first lead of the game at 11-9 just one minute later. A pesky Colby club fought back to retake the lead 16-13 but another 7-0 run for Seward capped by five straight points from Biggs made it a 20-16 game in favor of Seward with 9:45 left in the half. The teams continued to jostle for position and were deadlocked at 24 with 4:36 left after a long jumper from the Trojans found its way down the nylon. The next four minutes would be all Seward County Saints. Seward started a 11-1 run with a finish inside from Corieon Pearson and got hoops from four different players to take a 35-25 lead with just 56 seconds remaining in the half. Colby cut the Seward lead to six before the break but the Saints felt comfortable with a 35-29 advantage heading to the locker rooms.
Colby wasted no time erasing the Saints advantage as the second half got underway. Blistering the nets for eight straight points to knot the game at 37 with 17:16 to go in the game. After a put back from Edson Avila the Saints were back on top but a three pointer to answer from Colby had the squad from Northwest Kansas in the lead at 40-39. Avila dished to Irvin Hollinger on Seward’s next trip down the floor for an answer and got the Saints going. Ransom connected on a shot to make it 43-40 Seward and moments later a three point play from Hollinger made it 46-40. The Saints run hit 10-0 on another three point play from Hollinger and instead of trying to stop the momentum with a timeout, the Trojans decided to wait for the media timeout to hit, which proved costly as Seward ran their lead all the way up to 16 when Trey Starks drove and score to make it 56-40 and all but put the game away with 9:33 left. The Saints lead hit 20 with a three from Starks and their distance grew to 25 on two Pearson free throws to make it 68-43. Colby cut the deficit late in the game but the victor had already been decided as Seward breezed to an 82-65 win to dash the Trojan hopes of a road upset.
The Saints were nearly flawless offensively in the second half of the win, shooting 64% from the field, a perfect 3 for 3 from three point land, and 12 of 13 from the free throw line, good for 92%. Biggs and Ransom led the way scoring for Seward as each put up 17 in the win. Biggs also finished with 6 assists and 5 steals for the Saints. Hollinger scored 16 on 5 of 10 shooting and Starks played well off the bench for Seward, scoring 11 and coming down with 5 rebounds.
Seward improves to 14-2 on the season and 2-0 in Jayhawk West Conference play, making them one of just two teams at 2-0 in the conference after week one of action. The Saints should find their way into the NJCAA Top 20 Poll this week after a pair of losses for #7 Barton, a loss for #10 Hutchinson, as well as a loss from #13 Kansas City Kansas, all Region VI teams previously ranked ahead of Seward. The Saints will try and keep their conference record spotless on Wednesday when they go to the Beaverdome in Pratt for an 8:00 tip.

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