The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team lost its first game of the 2007-2008 regular season on Saturday with a 70-60 loss against Seminole State College, who last season finished fifth at the NJCAA Tournament, on the final day at the Grand Prairie Classic in Hutchinson, Kan. The Saints never led during the game and allowed the Trojans to shoot 48 percent (26-for-54) from the field. Seminole (3-1 overall), picked up its first victory of the weekend after falling 81-59 against host school Hutchinson Community College on Friday night. Seward County drops to 4-1 overall, despite out-rebounding Seminole State 40-33.

It was the second straight night the Saints started out slow, committing five early turnovers and trailing 5-13, six minutes into the game. On Friday night, the Saints trailed 0-9 before starting a comeback midway into the second-half.

Seminole shot 50 percent from the field (16-for-32) and made 4-of-10 three-point buckets in the first-half, and started to pull away leading by 15 points on two different occasions during the opening period. The Saints meanwhile, shot just 35 percent (9-for-26) in the opening frame and trailed 41-30 at halftime.

In the second-half, the Saints got within six points (44-50) with 11:37 left in the game, but Seminole stretched its lead back to double-figures for the majority of the period.

Saints’ freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain led SCCC with 16 points and two steals. Sophomore post Ervin Williams tallied nine points and nine rebounds, and sophomore Darko Cohadarevic was the only other Saint to score in double-figures with 10 points and seven rebounds.

The Trojans were led by four players who all scored in double-figures including, Lindsey Hughey (16 points, six rebounds), Reggie New (13 points), Garrett Steinmetz (13 points) and Jerome Phillips (12 points, seven rebounds).

Seward County will be back in action next weekend hosting the Wendy’s Classic, Nov. 16-17, at the Green House in Liberal. The Saints will take on Trinidad State College on Friday and Clarendon College on Saturday. Both nights the Saints will be in action at 8 p.m.