By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
The only thing better than the way Seward started the game against Quakerdale was the way they finished.
Seward ran away with a 91-48 win over Quakerdale Friday at the Green House despite only getting seven points from Irvin Hollinger.
His opportunities may have been limited from the laundry list of other Saints who were putting u big numbers against Quakerdale.
Six Saints ended the game with double figures that included strong play in the paint. Seward drove to the basket most of the night and lit up the scoreboard with a blistering 57 shooting percentage in the second half.
Seward outscored Quakerdale by 11 in the first half and by 32 in the second.
“In the second half we played with a little more energy, a little more teamwork,” Seward coach Bryan Zollinger said. “We got some turnovers that we turned into transition baskets which has a tendency to spark your offense.”
And it did. Seward ran away in the second half by lifting Quakerdale to 25 percent shooting and snagging 50 rebounds. Seward then shot up-court and found the basket with ease most of the night.
“We have several guys that are capable of putting up big numbers,” Zollinger said. “So far we find somebody who has a hot hand.”
While the numbers looked like a strong offensive effort Zollinger said it was the defense that led to the points.
“When you play better defense, you force turnovers that lead to lay-ups,” he said. “When your team has a chance to see the ball go through the basket a few times that gives you confidence. Our transition game does that for us.”
Deverell Biggs led the Saints with 14 points, Briston White and Kaheem Ransom each had 13, Brice Jenkins scored 12, Daveon Boardingham had 11, and Edson Avila reached double figures with 10.