The Seward County Community College menís basketball team advanced to the Region VI Tournament semifinals with a 63-60 victory over Garden City Community College on Sunday evening at Wichita State Universityís Charles Koch Arena. It was the Saintsí fourth win over conference-rival Garden City this season, which eliminated the Broncbusters from post-season competition. Reggie Chamberlain scored a game-high 16 points, and Darko Cohadarevic pulled down 15 rebounds (seven offensive boards) to lead the Saints to their 14th victory over the last 15 games. Seward County will face tournament No. 6 seed Cloud County Community College in the Region VI semifinals on Monday evening at 7 p.m. The Thunderbirds advanced with an upset victory over No. 3 seed Independence Community College, 70-68 (O.T.).

The Seward County/Cloud County winner will face the winner of Cowley College/Coffeyville in the Region VI Tournament championship game on Tuesday, March 11, at 8 p.m.

The first half featured 11 lead changes and four ties with Garden City taking a narrow 32-31 lead into halftime. Neither team led by more than five points while Seward County scored 10 points off nine Broncbuster turnovers, and Garden City out-rebounded the Saints, 19-13.

Chamberlain led all players at halftime with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field. Sophomore Darko Cohadarevic got into foul trouble with two first-half fouls playing in only 10 minutes. Cohadarevic, the teamís leading scorer (14.9 ppg.), tallied just four points and three rebounds in the first half. Seward County shot 39 percent (10-of-26) in the first period while Garden City hit 46 percent (13-of-28) of its shots.

Seward County opened its second-half scoring with three straight 3-pointers from Chamberlain, Bruno Mendes and Cohadarevic to give the Saints a 40-35 advantage. Garden City answered with its final lead of the game, 46-44, with 13:18 left in the contest.

Seward County pulled away going on a 14-3 run, generated by six points from Cohadarevic and four points from Ervin Williams. Cohadarevic collected his eighth double-double of the season with 13 points going along with his 15 rebounds.

After being held to two points in the first half, Saintsí sophomore post Ervin Williams guided the Saints in the second period scoring 10 points with six rebounds and five blocked shots.

Seward County posted its second nine-point lead of the half, 60-51, with 3:24 left to play, before Garden City mounted a late rally going on a 9-3 run to finish the game. The Saints didnít help their cause, shooting 3-of-8 from the free throw line in the final minute of regulation.

In the gameís final moments, Chamberlain made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Saints a three-point lead (63-60) with 9.6 remaining, before Garden City was unable to shoot a 3-point attempt as time expired.

Chamberlain scored in double figures for the 20th time this season (16 points) and collected four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Mendes also tallied double-figure scoring with 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting from long range and two rebounds.

Garden City struggled shooting the basketball in the second half (31 percent), but was solid handling the basketball committing only one second-half turnover. In addition, Garden Cityís bench outscored the Saints, 23-3.

GCCC was led by Trevor Ottley (15 points, four rebounds), Sterling Link (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Damien Young (10 points, four rebounds). The Saints held Garden Cityís top two leading scorers, Corey Claitt (17.4 ppg.) and Jordan Ragan (10.9 ppg.), to a combined 16 points on 5-of-25 shooting.

It is the first time in six seasons that Seward County has advanced to the Region VI Tournament semifinals. The Saints last semifinals appearance came in 2002, when Seward County ended up losing in the tournamentís championship game against Coffeyville C.C.