LIBERAL, Kan. – The Seward County Community College men's basketball team started off slow, but turned it on and dominated Lamar Community College Junior Varsity with a 115-18 rout on Thursday at the Greenhouse in the Pepsi Classic. The Saints improved to 3-0 on the season.
The Saints were sloppy to start the game, committing four turnovers and scoring only two points in the first five minutes and allowing the Runnin' Lopes a 3-2 lead. But that would be the only lead for Lamar as Seward went on a 20-2 run to open a 22-5 lead with 11:08 left in the first half.
Seward continued to pour it on, both defensively and offensively, holding Lamar to just five more points the rest of the half while scoring 48. The Saints held a 70-10 advantage heading into the locker room at halftime.
It was more of the same in the second half as the Saints were on cruise control to the finish line. With a five-in, five-out rotation continuing from the first half, every Seward player saw action, 15 in all, with 13 recording at least one point.
How dominate were the Saints? Seward shot almost 60 percent from the field, hitting 51-of-86 from the floor, while holding Lamar to a mere 14 percent on 6-of-43 shooting
Stephen Takyi had 15 points and Nika Metskhvarishvili and Carey Page each scored 13 for Seward, which had six players with double-digit scoring. Surakata Jawara netted 12 points, Qaiyoom Olanlege added 11 points and Branton McCrary chipped in with 10 points for the Saints.
The Saints do not play again until Friday, November 15 when they play at Midland College.