The match-up had many thinking it was the middle of the Jayhawk West regular season, but the calendar reminded us it was just the first weekend of the basketball season. The Seward County Community College menís basketball team knocked off Garden City Community College 77-63, in a non-conference match-up at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. Seward County led the Broncbusters for the final 33 minutes of the game and were ahead by as many as 21 points in the second-half (64-43). The Saints earned their third straight victory to open the season under first year head coach Bryan Zollinger, while Garden City drops to 2-1 with the non-conference loss at the Green House.

The first-half was well played with Garden City leading during the opening seven minutes and the Saints closing out the period with a 34-27 lead. Saintsí freshman Reggie Chamberlain scored five field goals in the first-half, including 3-of-4 shooting from long range, while leading all players with 15 points at intermission. SCCC shot 43 percent from the floor (12-for-28) and held Garden City to 31 percent from the field, and to 2-of-13 shooting from 3-point range during the opening frame.

Seward County put the game out of reach going on a 30-16 run to start the second-half. SCCC sophomore Darko Cohadarevic started the rally with a three-point basket and Chamberlain scored seven points during the early second-half run.

Chamberlain, a six-foot point guard from Kansas City, Mo., led the Saints and scored a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 shooting from three-point range. He also led the Saints with a career-best eight assists while collecting two rebounds and one steal.

Cohadarevic, the Saintsí leading scorer this season averaging 22.7 ppg., scored 17 points and pulled down seven rebounds. The 6-foot-9-inch post is also averaging eight boards per contest.

Seward County is limiting their opponents to 36 percent shooting and are out-rebounding opponents by an average of 16.3 rebounds per game.

Garden City was paced by Corey Claitt, who scored 18 of his game-high 26 points in the second-half. The Busters were also led offensively by Jordan Ragan (18 points, four 3-pointers) who combined with Claitt to produced 70 percent of the scoring for the Broncbusters.

The Saints will travel next weekend to the Hutchinson C.C. Classic on Nov. 9-10, at the Hutchinson Sports Arena. The Saints will play on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. against Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, and will complete competition on Saturday taking on Seminole State College at 3:30 p.m.

PEPSI CLASSIC RESULTS:
Carl Albert State College picked up their first win of the season with a 97-65 victory over Sterling College J.V. on Saturday afternoon. Carl Albert was led by a host of players who tallied double-figures in scoring including, Nigel Byam (18 points, eight rebounds), Omar Salam (15 points, five rebounds), Papa Kote (15 points, four rebounds), Calen Parks (15 points, four steals), Oskars Ernsteins (14 points, four rebounds) and Bobby Lee (13 points, four rebounds). Sterling College was led by Jerred McMillan (20 points), Mark Swintek (13 points) and Travis Minton (11 points, 12 rebounds).