June 17th, 2019


Seward sports information director

The No. 19 Seward County men’s basketball team continued to separate themselves from the pack in the Jayhawk Conference, defeating the Independence Pirates 77-64 to stay in first place.  The win pushed the Saints to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in Jayhawk play.

After the Pirates tied the game at 19, the teams went over three minutes without making a field goal until Independence broke the drought with a three.  The Pirates took a 26-19 lead before the Saints broke their scoreless streak with back-to-back dunks from Isiah Small and Devin Bethely to make it 26-23. Those dunks sparked an 11-0 run by the Saints as they took a 30-26 lead. Seward took a 41-35 lead into halftime.

Seward quickly pushed their lead to double-digits, starting the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 49-37 lead after Montrevion Flowers drilled a corner three. Seward’s nationally ranked defense began to flex its muscle as the Pirates found it hard to score to start the second half, allowing just eight points through the first ten minutes of play as the Saints increased their lead to 15 points before the media timeout.

The Saints had four players reach double-figures, led by Montrevion Flower’s career-high 20 points. Marco Morency (14 pts), Reggie Miller (11 pts) and Devin Bethely (10 pts) each joined Flowers in double-figures.

Seward will return home Saturday when they host Neosho at 8 p.m. inside the Greenhouse.  Free tickets are available at Conestoga and both Liberal Hutch’s locations.

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