The Seward County Community College defense helped put the Saints back into a tie for first-place in the Jayhawk West Conference with a 60-52 victory over Garden City Community College on Saturday night at the Green House. The Saints forced 29 turnovers and limited the Broncbusters to just 31 percent shooting in the second half as Seward recorded its third win against Garden City this season. The Saints have now won 10 of their last 11 games and improve to 23-5 overall and 11-3 in the Jayhawk West. Garden City falls to 17-10 overall and to 6-8 in league competition.

Following a 22-point victory by Barton County over Hutchinson on Saturday evening, the Saints move back into a tie with the Blue Dragons for first-place in the Jayhawk West with two regular season games remaining. The Blue Dragons will play on the road at Garden City (Feb. 27), and at home against Cloud County (Mar. 1) while the Saints play two road games at Pratt (Feb. 27), and at Colby (Mar. 1) to finish the season.

The Saints jumped out to a 14-5 lead at the 14:09 mark, receiving scoring production from five different players during the early run. GCCC finished the half strong with a 52 percent shooting effort (11-of-21), despite committing 15 first-half turnovers and trailing 27-26 at halftime.

Garden Cityís only lead in the contest came immediately after halftime when sophomore Jordan Ragan made a 3-pointer, 24 seconds into the second half, to give the Busters a 29-27 lead. The Saints regained the lead by going on a 12-0 run and would never trail the rest of the game.

Seward Countyís pressure defense completely shut down the Busters in the second half, limiting GCCC to just nine field goals in the final 20 minutes of the game. Garden Cityís five starters combined for 26 of the teamís 29 team turnovers.

It was the second conference opponent this season that the Saints had held to less than 53 total points (50 at. Butler C.C.). The Saints finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field while holding Garden City to 40 percent shooting. Seward County is now 22-0 when shooting better from the field than its opponent. In the last three games, Seward Countyís opponents have averaged committing 31 turnovers per game.

The Saints, meanwhile, had a balanced offensive attack that was led by six players who all scored at least six points. Seward pushed its lead to as many as 17 points (55-38) with 6:47 left to play. Sophomore post Darko Cohadarevic led SCCC in scoring with 13 points. Freshman guard Reggie Chamberlain added eight points, and a game-high seven steals and six assists while sophomore guard Nick Burns scored 10 points with five rebounds and four steals. In addition, Burns made two 3-pointers moving him into a tie for 10th place all-time in Seward County history for career 3-pointers (84), with former Seward County guard Kyle Smith (2003-2005).

Garden City, who has lost four straight games, was led by Corey Claitt (17 points, five rebounds, five turnovers), Jordan Ragan (11 points, four assists, five turnovers) and Tyrone Flemming (eight points, 10 rebounds, five turnovers.).

The Saints will finish Jayhawk West play on the road starting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at seventh-place Pratt Community College (10-17, 4-9) for an 8 p.m. tip-off at the Beaver Dome in Pratt, Kan.