The Seward County Saints made school history in two ways Saturday night as they traveled to the United Wireless Arena in Dodge City to take on the Conquistadors in a Jayhawk West Conference battle. The first bit of history was that it was the first ever trip for the Saints inside of United Wireless Arena. The second, a much more impressive feat was accomplished after the game when a 79-64 victory gave Seward its 20th win of the season, marking the sixth straight season of 20 or more wins. The sixth straight 20 win season ties a school record established from the 1997-2003 seasons.

After the Saints whipped the Conqs by 20 in their first matchup in the Greenhouse, Saturday’s date was much closer early on as the teams traded a pair of three pointers and were tied at 6-6 three minutes in. Seward picked up their tempo and found their footing as they took their first lead of the contest before stretching their lead to 14-8 on a finish inside from Edson Avila. The Saints once again had a Dodge City team that hangs its hat on offense struggling to score and after another Seward push, led by hot shooting from the outside from Jabari Peters, the Saints led 28-18 with 4:00 left in the half. It was Dodge City who finished the half strong though and after a foul in the waning seconds turned into two Conq freebies, it was just a 34-31 game in favor of the Saints as the teams went to the break. Seward shot 59% in the first half but turned the ball over an uncharacteristic 9 times in the first 20 minutes to allow the Conqs to remain in the game.
The second half was much more one sided as Seward extended their lead to seven right away after pounding the ball into the post for buckets from Avila and Leslee Smith to make it 38-31 with 18:31 remaining in the contest. The Saints continued to put pressure on the Dodge City offense, making it tough for the Conq playmakers to get anything going and midway through the period Seward had the game well in hand on top 58-43. Dodge City had no answers for Seward’s potent offensive attack as the game marched into its final stretch and as Smith and Avila continued their dominance on the inside the guys in green opened their lead to 72-51 with 5:30 to go. A pair of Smith dunks in the final minutes put an exclamation point on the victory as Seward went on to win 79-64. The second half shooting numbers couldn’t have been more uneven. The Saints who outscored Dodge 45-33 in the second half, shot 69% in the final 20 minutes while holding the Conqs to just 29%.
Seward finished the game shooting 65% from the field and 46% from the three point line, working an inside out offense to near perfection. Dodge City shot just 34% from the floor and 17% from three point land. Four Saints reached double figures in the win as Ransom scored a game high 22 to go with his 6 assists while Avila finished with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Smith and Peters went for 13 and 12 respectively.
The win marked another 20 win campaign for Seward County. The Saints move to 20-7 overall and 11-2 in Jayhawk West play where they are tied for 1st place with Hutchinson with just three games to go. Dodge City falls to .500 overall at 14-14 and drops to 6th place in the league standings at 5-9.
The Saints will start a furious three game in seven day finish on Wednesday when they host the rival Garden City Broncbusters in the Greenhouse for an 8:00 start. The game will be used as a “red out” for heart health awareness with free tickets still available courtesy of our buyout sponsor Bank of Beaver City at their Tucker Road location.