The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team has started the season 6-1 overall and begins a three-game week today traveling to play Friends University J.V. at 7 p.m. in Wichita. The Saints will also compete this weekend in the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic against non-conference opponents Neosho County Community College (3-2) and North Lake College (3-3) at the Beaver Dome in Pratt, Kan. Last weekend the Saints dominated in two non-conference victories at the Green House against Trinidad State J.C. (84-34) and Clarendon College (101-85). Seward County is outscoring their opponents by an average of 28.4 points per game and has posted an 89.3 scoring average this season.

The Saints have a flawless record against four-year junior varsity opponents over the last eight seasons with a perfect 28-0 record. Seward County will face Friends University J.V. for the first time in over eight seasons on Tuesday. Earlier this season, Seward County posted a 115-28 victory over Sterling College J.V., setting the all-time school record for the lowest point total allowed in a single-game.

Seward County has been led this season by four players all averaging double figures in scoring. Sophomore post Darko Cohadarevic has been an all-around player this season leading the team in scoring (16.4 ppg.) and rebounding (9.6 rpg.). Freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain is shooting 76 percent from the free throw line, while averaging 15.7 points and a team-best 5.7 assists per game. Other Saints averaging double figures in scoring are sophomore Nick Burns (13.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 4.7 apg.) and sophomore Ervin Williams (12.7 ppg., 6.4 rpg.).

On Friday at 6 p.m. the Saints will kick-off competition at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic with a contest against Jayhawk East foe Neosho County. The last time the Saints battled the Panthers was at the 2005 NJCAA Region VI Tournament, when Neosho County ended Seward’s season with a 75-72 victory in the quarterfinals.

Neosho County started this season with a 3-0 record defeating St. Mary College J.V. (90-57), Casper College (87-63) and McCook C.C. (93-80). In their last two contests, the Panthers have dropped games to Western Nebraska C.C. (57-58) and Cloud County C.C. (75-84). Following a 5-26 overall record in 2006-07, first year head coach Jeremy Coombs, who spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Pratt C.C., has guided Neosho County to a strong start this season.

Neosho County is led by five players who average double figures in scoring including, Mark Gomilla (12.8 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), Damayrius Adside (12.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg.), Terrell Northington (12.5 ppg.), Nick Bonci (11.0 ppg., 10.8 rpg.) and Adrian Simis (10.5 ppg.).

The Saints will finish play at the Pratt Classic on Saturday at 5 p.m. against familiar non-conference opponent North Lake College. The Blazers and Saints have faced each other five times since 2000-01, with Seward County recording a 5-0 non-conference mark. North Lake, a NJCAA D-III program, won the 2006 National Championship, and has started the season with a 3-3 record. Seward County is outscoring North Lake by 19 points in their last five meetings, with the closest game coming in 2003, when Seward County defeated NLC 78-77.