No. 21 Seward County defeats Trinidad State 81-77
By: Kenny Hernandez
TRINIDAD, Col. - Seward County Community College defeats Trinidad State College 81-77 on the road as the Saints improve to 2-0 on the year. The No. 21 Saints fended pick up the road win in their first road test of the season, and they fended off a late Trojans surge in Trinidad, Colorado. Seward County will be back in action Thursday, November 10th at 8 p.m. to take on Western Nebraska Community College in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska.
Both teams struggled to establish their offense early in the contest, as the Saints had a 5-3 lead with 16 minutes left in the first half. The Saints held the lead in the low-scoring affair, 13-7, halfway through the opening half. After a pair of free throws by Fontaine Williams, Seward County had their largest lead of the game, 19-7, at the seven-minute mark. The Trojans responded with a 10-1 run to cut the Saints' lead down to a one-procession game of 20-17. After a transition lay-up by the Trojans in the final minute, the Saints went into halftime with a 33-27 advantage on the road.
To start the second half, the Trojans took their first contest lead at 41-40 over the Saints with 15:20 on the game clock. The Saints regained the lead with a layup by David Petit at 42-41 as both teams traded off baskets in the second half. Sophomore Jaylin Henderson connected on a three-pointer to give the Saints a 55-52 advantage with 9:41 left in the contest. The Saints took a five-point lead, 66-61, over the Trojans after a three-pointer by Wilson Dubinsky. With 2:44 left, the Trojans' Dejour Reeves connected on a three to tie to game at 68-68, and the home crowd ramped up the volume in the gymnasium.
The Saints kept calm and collected and responded with an 8-1 run to lead 76-69 in the final minute and a half. Trinidad State made one last push against Seward County as they went on their own 8-2 run to cut the Saints' lead down to 78-77 with under twenty seconds left. Seward County was able to seal the game from the free throw line as they went on to win 81-77 on their first road game.
The Saints will travel to Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, to take on Western Nebraska Community College at 8 p.m. on Thursday.