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August 26th, 2019

isiahsmallshotSeward’s Isiah Small puts up a shot against Hutchinson’s Rheaquone Taylor Wednesday in Park City’s Hartman Arena. Small was named the Region 6 Tournament MVP after helping the Saints earn an 81-76 win in the championship. L&T photo/Earl WattBy EARL WATT

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PARK CITY —With four fouls and his team trailing by two with time running out, Isiah Small pushed hard to the basket to score while being fouled, and after making the go-ahead free throw, the Saints never trailed again with a dominating finish in the Region 6 championship victory over Hutchinson, 81-76. The win secured the Saints a spot in the NJCAA National Tournament, and the Saints started the celebration as soon as the buzzer sounded after a finish worthy of a champion.

After Small gave the Saints a one-point lead, Montrevion Flowers knocked down a shot with 1:32 to play that gave the Saints a three-point lead.

Hutchinson’s Saquan Singleton had a chance to cut the lead to one, but he only made one of two free throw attempts with 52.4 seconds to play, and the Blue Dragons opted to let the Saints drain the clock on the next possession.

With 23.8 seconds to play and the shot clock running low, Reggie Miller drove hard to the basket, splitting to Hutchinson defender who collapsed on Miller but couldn’t prevent him from getting s hot off.

Miller was fouled, and the shot fell through, and after Miller sank the free throw, the Saints had a five-point lead.

A quick shot by Hutchinson missed the mark, and Miller rebounded and was fouled.

He sank two more free throws with 11.8 seconds to play, and the Saints started to feel it.

But Hutchinson’s James Rojas connected on a deep three with 8.5 seconds to play to cut Seward’s lead to four, and a turnover on the inbounds gave the Blue Dragons a chance to cut the lead even further.

region champsThe Seward County Saints gather after winning the Region 6 championship Wednesday in the Hartman Arena in Park City. Seward overcame an early 10-point deficit and trailed by two with just over two minutes to play before rallying for the 81-76 win. L&T photo/Earl WattBut a missed shot was rebounded by the Saints, and Flowers made one of two free throws with 1.6 seconds to play to secure the 81-76 Region 6 Championship win.

Seward had to fight back to have a chance in the final tow minutes after falling behind 14-4 early. Hutchinson connected on four threes in the first three-and-a-half minutes of the game, and with 11:09 to play in the first half, Hutchinson still had a 20-10 advantage.

But Seward started to chip away, and the Saints put together a 14-3 run to take their first lead after a Devin Bethely bucket, 24-23.

But the Blue Dragons would not allow Seward to build more than a three point lead the rest of the half, and after cutting the lead to 32-30, Hutch ended the first half on a 6-2 run to take a 36-34 lead at half.

Hutchinson continued to outpace the Saints in the secund half, and with 6:58 to play the Blue Dragons had rebuilt a nine-point lead, 65-56.

Seward put together an 7-0 run to cut the  lead to two, and they later needed a Marco Morency three to cut Hutchinson’s lead to one.

Seward built a three-point lead with 4:13 to play, but the Blur Dragons put together a 5-0 run with Small on the bench to take a 72-70 lead.

That’s when Small came in, and Seward ran away with the final tow minutes for the 81-76 win.

Flowers led the Saints with 22 points. Morency had 21, and Small scored 18.

Morency, Bethely and Small were named to the All Region 6 Tournament team, and Small was the tourney MVP.

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