The Seward County Community College men's basketball team won their season-opening game on Thursday night at the Green House against Sterling College J.V. The Saints cruised to a 101-64 victory, in a mismatch that the Saints controlled from the opening tip. Seward County had scoring from all 12 players who were in uniform, with each player recording over eight minutes of playing time. Seward County, North Lake College, Odessa College and Sterling College J.V. are the teams competing at the Pepsi Classic that will continue on Friday and Saturday at the Green House.

Seward County out-played the Warriors in every aspect of the game Thursday night. SCCC shot .500 from the field (21-for-42) and out-rebounded Sterling 56-to-34. The Saints collected 13 steals and distributed the basketball with 31 team assists.

The Saints increased their led to 16-2 with four minutes off the game clock, after Nick Burns hit a three-point field goal with an assists from Hank Harris. Seward County led by as many as 32 points with 2:30 remaining in the first period.

In the second-half, the Saints increased their lead to their widest margin of the game when they led 87-41, with seven minutes remaining.

The Saints were led in scoring by sophomores Michael Tyree and Theron Wilson who each scored 19 points. Tyree, the Saints leading three-point shooter in 2005-2006, started off his sophomore campaign with an impressive shooting night. Tyree shot 7-for-13 from the floor and paced the Saints with a team-high 5-of-11 from three-point range. Wilson shot 7-of-16 from the field with several dunks that showcased his high-flying skills with the basketball. Wilson also led the Saints with five steals and chipped in seven rebounds.

Seward County received a strong performance from freshman, Darko Cohadarevic, who scored nine points and led the Saints with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Freshman point guard, Nick Burns, also scored in double-figures with 12 points with six assists and two steals. Freshman post player Ervin Williams tallied eight points and eight rebounds in his debut with the Saints.

In the other Pepsi Classic game on Thursday night, Odessa College defeated North Lake College 67-61. Odessa made a comeback in the second-half to defeat the defending NJCAA D-III National Champion Blazers. Odessa was led by Deluis Ramirez (15 points) and Dewayne Hall (10 points and six rebounds). North Lake was led by Tim Nelson, who scored a game-high 24 points.

The Saints will continue play in the Pepsi Classic on Friday evening against North Lake College at 8:00 p.m. at the Green House. Free tickets will remain available throughout the week at the north and south Pizza Hut’s, First National Bank and Applebee’s.