Saints survive scare, down Colby by three
Thursday, 13 January 2011 11:45
By SHAWN YORKS
• Leader & Times
The Seward County Saints basketball team blew a 17-point second half lead, trailed Colby by a point with a minute left in the game, then pulled out a gut-wrenching 67-64 win Wednesday night in the Greenhouse.
The Saints led by 17 points early in the second half after a dominating first half in which Seward County (14-3 overall, 2-1 Jayhawk West) led 35-24 at halftime.
Two straight baskets by Marquez Patterson early in the second half put Seward up 45-28. Then Colby (10-7, 1-2) made its move, pulling to within seven points at 51-44.
The Saints kept Colby at bay, and led 61-54 when Carson Konrade nailed two straight 3-pointers for Colby, and suddenly it was a 1-point game with 3:30 left.
Phil Hawkins hit two free throws to pull it back out to a 3-point Saints lead, but Colby struck again to bring it back to 63-62, then Seward turned the ball over.
Marty Wendel put it in to give Colby a 64-63 lead. Seward turned it over again, but caught a break when a Colby player was called for a charge, giving the ball back to the Saints with a minute left.
That’s when Patterson struck again, nailing what would be the game-winning 3-pointer with 30 seconds left. Colby’s Konrade missed a 3-pointer with five seconds left and Seward held on to win.
Jeremy Jones added a free throw with 4.3 seconds to go for the final point of the contest.
Jones scored 16 points and Patterson 13 for Seward County, Daveon Boardingham and Rafriel Guthrie each scored 8 points, Hawkins 7, Raphael Giaimo 6, Irvin Hollinger 5, Marky Nolen added 4 points and 7 rebounds.
Seward shot 49 percent for the game.
Hurley Johnson led Colby with 15 points.
The Saints will be at home again on Saturday night when they take on Pratt.