Charles Beauregard looks to make a pass against Colby Saturday night in The Greenhouse. Beauregard scored 28 points to help the Saints earn a 67-66 win. L&T photo/Earl Watt
By ROY ALLEN
Seward sports information director
It wasn’t pretty, but at this point in time, the Seward County Saints are done worrying about that. Seward pulled out a 67-66 win Saturday night at home in the Greenhouse to snap a mini three-game skid that because of the break lasted an agonizing five weeks.
It was a slow start for both teams before Colby jumped out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, but didn’t score again for over three minutes, while it took the Saints nearly four minutes to pick up their first field goal in a 6-4 game.
Points continued to be tough to come by as Colby slowly pushed their lead to 13-6 midway through the half when Charles Beauregard took it to the rack for just Seward’s second field goal of the game at the 11 minute mark of the first half.
A Trojan three with 8:53 to go in the half put Colby up 10, but slowly the Saints crept back in, getting a boost from their bench and Deionta Nunnally who scored five straight to cut the Colby lead in half to 21-16.
Beauregard took over from there for Seward, scoring nine straight Seward points to knot the score at 27 before Tre Kidd got a last-second tip at the first half buzzer to wrap up a 13-4 Saints run and give Seward a 29-27 lead at the break.
Seward shot just 33 percent and Colby 36 percent in the firts half while the two combined to go just 5 for 23 from beyond the arc. Beauregard and big man Martavious Wilson did the bulk of the work for the Saints, combining for 22 of the Saints 29 first half points.
The pace picked up some in the second half with Seward stretching their lead to five at 36-31 on a midrange jumper from Kidd.
A drive and score from Ernest Carter in the lane and another bucket from Nunnally pushed the Seward lead to six, and back-to-back threes from Beauregard made it a seven point game, 54-47 with 9:37 remaining.
A scrappy Colby club fought back to take a lead of their own at 56-55, but that didn’t last long as Kidd swished home a three from the corner after a timeout to put the Saints back up 58-56.
After Colby tied the score again, Kidd struck again, hitting his second three of the game and assisting on a triple from Malik Brown to make it 64-58 Saints. Moments later, Kidd swished home another long ball, putting the Saints up seven, and it ended up being the game winner as Seward failed to score again but came up with enough defense to hang on in the end 67-66 to snap their three-game losing streak.
Seward held on for the one point win despite shooting just 44 percent and turning the ball over 23 times.
The key stat on the positive side for Seward was a rare one. The Saints outrebounded Colby by nine and grabbed 13 offensive rebounds, turning those into 12 second-chance points in the win.
Beauregard led Seward with a season-high 28 and also grabbed a team-best seven rebounds in the win.
Kidd came up big off the bench for Seward, scoring a career best 13 including 3 for 3 from downtown while Nunnally added seven on 3 of 6 from the field.
The Saints earned a much needed win to improve to 6-9 overall and 3-8 in conference play on the year while Colby fell to 6-9 and 2-9 in league action.
Seward will return to the court Wednesday when they host Dodge City in the Greenhouse in an 8 p.m. tip.