The Seward County Community College menís basketball team secured at least a share of the Jayhawk West Conference title on Wednesday night with a convincing 97-86 victory over Pratt Community College at the Beaver Dome in Pratt. The Saints dominated the contest and led by as many as 27 points while receiving double-figure scoring from seven players. The Saints also clinched the No. 1 seed in the Western Division after Hutchinson Community College suffered a 78-61 loss at Garden City C.C. on Wednesday night. Seward County made 14 three-pointers and shot a season-high 52 percent from long range in a game the Saints controlled during the final 30 minutes. Seward County improves to 24-5 overall and to 12-3 in the Jayhawk West Conference. Pratt falls to 10-19 overall and to 4-11 in conference play.

If the Saints finish the regular season with a victory over Colby C.C. on Sunday they will win the conference championship outright. A loss, and a Hutchinson victory, would give the Saints and Blue Dragons each a share of the conference crown.

Pratt scored the opening nine points of the game, as the Saints were held scoreless during the first four minutes, 35 seconds into the contest. Seward County answered quickly with five straight 3-pointers when Donald Dixon, Reggie Chamberlain and Bruno Mendes all connected from deep to give the Saints a 21-16 lead midway through the first half.

That is when the Saints pulled away and would post a 52-34 lead at halftime. Jones and Chamberlain each scored 13 points in the first half, and sophomore post Ervin Williams collected eight points and four rebounds at intermission.

Seward County shot 56 percent from the field in the opening half, including 9-of-17 (53 percent) from 3-point territory. The Saints forced 17 Pratt turnovers in the first half, and SCCC was balanced offensively with 24-of-52 points coming from players off the bench.

The Saints used the first 13 minutes of the second half to secure the game leading by 27 points, 85-58, after Jones made two free throws with 6:19 left to play. Jones, a 6-foot-1 freshman from Garden City, scored a career-high 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range.

Chamberlain scored 17 points, leading the team in scoring for the 10th time this season. The freshman point guard from Kansas City, Mo., also tallied a team-high six assists and shot a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.

Also leading the Saints in scoring were Williams (13 points, nine rebounds), Mendes (12 points, 4-of-4 three-pointers), Nick Burns (11 points, four assists and four steals), Donald Dixon (11 points, two steals) and Bryson Hampton (10 points).

Pratt freshman guard Will Collins led all players with 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. PCC was also led by freshman Brett Crittenden (16 points), and sophomores Alex Rivas (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Carlin Whitten (13 points).

Seward County will close its regular season on the road this Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. visiting Colby Community College at the Colby Community Building.