Three Seward County Community College men’s basketball players are among the reasons why the Saints are now 6-1 overall this season, as all three players had career-nights on Saturday evening in SCCC’s victory over Clarendon College at the Wendy’s Classic. Sophomore post Darko Cohadarevic grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain scored a career-best 25 points, and freshman Bruno Mendes scored a career-high 24 points in the Saints 101-85 victory against Clarendon at the Green House in Liberal. Seward County also shot a season-high 85 percent (39-for-46) from the charity stripe in their fifth straight home victory this season. The Saints handed Clarendon its first loss this season, as the Bulldogs are now 6-1 overall on the season.

Clarendon, who scored 115 points on Friday against Pratt C.C., was held to 42 percent (31-for-74) shooting from the field and was almost out-rebounded single-handedly by Cohadarevic, as the Saints dominated the boards with a 58-27 advantage.

The Saints’ offensive firepower gave them the lead five minutes into the contest on 10 early points from Mendes. The freshman from Sao Carlos, Brazil, connected on back-to-back three pointers and made two lay-ups giving Seward County a 13-12 lead.

A few minutes later, Seward County took the lead for good on two straight 3-point baskets from Nick Burns and a third long range bucket from Chamberlain, to give SCCC a 22-16 lead with 13:11 remaining. With an uncharacteristic 37 turnovers, the Saints were kept comfortably in the game by their consistent free throw shooting and staggering rebounding output. In addition, Seward County forced 27 Bulldog turnovers.

The Saints led 52-40 at halftime, and were led by a team 14-for-15 free throw shooting effort, and by Mendes and Chamberlain who each tallied 15 first half points. Cohadarevic added 11 first period rebounds.

Seward County continued to control the game in the second half, while stretching their lead to as many as 27 points (82-55) with 7:20 left to play. Clarendon played all 16 players on their roster, and the Bulldogs were whistled for a total of 38 personal fouls. In the final six minutes of play, Clarendon committed eight fouls that resulted in 12 points for the Saints from the charity stripe.

Chamberlain, a six-foot point guard from Kansas City, Mo., was stellar from the line hitting 15-of-16, and he also tallied six assists and three steals to go with his game-high 25 points. Cohadarevic was unstoppable underneath the goal grabbing four offensive rebounds and 20 defensive boards. The Belgrade, Serbia native also scored six points and recorded one steal. Mendes shot 4-for-9 from long range, while recording 24 points with two assists and one steal.

Burns had another standout performance, after scoring 19 points on Friday against Trinidad, with 18 points on 3-for-4 shooting from three-point range and 5-for-7 shooting from the free throw line. Burns also notched career highs in assists (10) and steals (four). Sophomore Ervin Williams had a strong outing in just 17 minutes of playing time, collecting 17 points, six rebounds and a game-high three blocked shots.

Clarendon’s five starting players recorded 65 points, while their 11-player bench totaled just 20 points on 7-of-21 shooting from the field and 1-of-7 from long range. The Saints bench (six players) posted 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor.

The Saints will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, traveling to play Friends University J.V. at 7 p.m. in Wichita. Seward County will then be competing next week at the Pratt Thanksgiving Tournament, Nov. 23-24, at the Beaver Dome in Pratt, Kan. The Saints will play Neosho County Community College on Friday at 6 p.m. and North Lake College at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

WENDY’S CLASSIC RESULTS
In the only other men’s basketball game on Friday at the Wendy’s Classic, Pratt Community College dropped their second consecutive game in Liberal to Trinidad State Junior College, 71-65. The Beavers were led by Carlin Whitten (13 points, six rebounds), Alex Rivas (11 points, 14 rebounds) and Jordan Hammond (24 points), while Trinidad State was led by Antwone Matlock (19 points) and Donell Wells (11 points, six rebounds).