GARDEN CITY, Kan. – The No. 19 Seward County men’s basketball team took it upon themselves to put Seward back atop an old rivalry, ending a two-game losing streak to Garden City, defeating the Broncbusters 90-69. The 21-point margin of victory is the largest in a road win for the Saints in series history dating back to 1971.
The Saints offense was rusty to start the game, hitting just two of their first six shots over the first five minutes of play. Despite their play on the offensive end, the defense kept the Saints in the game, allowing the offense to heat up. Marco Morency went on a 5-0 run of his own to give Seward their first lead of the game. The Broncbusters stayed in it, keeping the game tied at 14 at the media timeout.
Coming out of the media timeout, the Saints took a five-point lead, but couldn’t extend it any further as Garden City tied it back up with five minutes to play. The two teams battled for the final minutes. After Garden trimmed the lead to two points with under a minute to play, Reggie Miller put Seward back up five points just before the half to take a 35-30 lead into the break.
Both teams battled for the first few minutes of the second half. After the Broncbusters cut the lead to two points, the Saints went on a five-point run sparked by an alley-oop to Montrevion Flowers from Reggie Miller. Over the next minute, Seward forced four turnovers, forcing Garden to take a timeout. Over a minute span, the Saints offense exploded, led by their smashmouth defense, pushing their lead to 20 points with just over 10 minutes to play, by a score of 66-46.
The red-hot Saints continued out of the media timeout, pushing their lead up to 26 with a Devin Bethely three-pointer. The Broncbusters trimmed the lead back some, but it was far too late as the Saints ran away with a victory in Garden City 90-69. The 90 points are the most Seward has scored in Garden since 2007.
The Saints could seemingly do no wrong, knocking down 67.3 percent (35-for-52) from the field and 60 percent (12-for-20) from behind the arc. The Broncbusters shot 50 percent (25-for-50) from the floor, but just 23.1 percent (3-for-13) from deep.
Reggie Miller had a career-night, scoring 23 points, while Marco Morency added 21 off the bench. Montrevion Flowers (15 pts) and Devin Bethely (12 pts) each reached double-figures as well.
The Saints will have one day off before heading back on the road, traveling to Pratt for an 8:00 tipoff with the Beavers. The game will be broadcased on 107.5 FM with Brock Kappelmann on the call.