Seward County lost their second consecutive game last Wednesday against Hutchinson Community College 89-70, at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. Hutchinson was the more efficient team shooting the basketball hitting 53 percent from the floor, including 64 percent (18-for-28) in the second-half. Seward County was shorthanded without Darko Cohadarevic and Ervin Williams. The Blue Dragons proved their depth with 29 of their points coming off the bench, compared to the Saints who received only one point from their reserve players. Sophomore Michael Tyree tied his career-high with 28 points with five 3-point field goals. SCCC sophomore Theron Wilson notched his sixth consecutive double-double at Hutchinson with 19 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. The only other Saints player to score in double-figures was point guard Hank Harris (11 points). A year ago in this match-up, Dave Brown became the SCCC all-time wins leader with a 72-57 victory over Barton County C.C. in the Green House.

Barton County is currently riding a three-game losing streak, their longest of the season. The No. 11 nationally-ranked Cougars started the campaign 21-1, including a 7-1 start in the Jayhawk West Conference. During their three-game skid, the Cougars have lost on the road against Pratt C.C. (78-77) and Cloud County C.C. (71-66) and at home to Dodge City C.C. (45-43), who swept the series with Barton County.

Saturday night Barton County was out-rebounded by 10 against Cloud County (49-39) and hit only seven percent of their three-point shots in the first-half (1-for-13). The Cougars made a comeback in the second-half hitting six 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough as four T-Birds scored in double-figures for Cloud County.

Since 2000-2001, Seward County leads the head-to-head series 13-1, with Barton County having to forfeit six victories during that span.