Hutchinson CC Sports Information
LIBERAL – For the second time this season, the Hutchinson Community College men's basketball team had an extremely slow start against Seward County.
For this second time this season, the No. 13-ranked Saints prevailed and earned its first season sweep of Hutchinson since 2014.
Jayhawk West champion Seward County closed the regular season with a 94-75 victory over the Blue Dragons on Sunday at the Green House. The game was moved back a day because of Saturday's winter storm.
Hutchinson falls to 23-7 overall and finished tied with Barton in the Jayhawk West at 14-7. The Blue Dragons will be the second seed from the Jayhawk West for the Region VI Tournament, which begins Wednesday. Hutchinson will meet the Allen Red Devils at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the opening round.
Just 6 minutes into Sunday's game, Seward County led 18-2. The largest deficit the Dragons had in the first half was 18 points after a Marco Morency layup with 10:59 to play. A 12-4 Hutchinson run pulled the Dragons within 33-24 with 3:01 left after a D.J. Mitchell layup. Seward County led 41-30 at halftime.
The Dragons got within seven points twice early in the second half. James Rojas hit a jumper to cut Seward's lead to 45-38 with 16:54 to go. A Mitchell 3-pointer with 15:13 to play sliced the lead to 50-43, but the Saints had an answer every time.
Morency hit a 3-pointer with 9:02 left to give the Saints a 70-52 lead. A 9-0 Dragon run sliced the deficit in half. Josh Perkins' putback with 6:37 left cut the Saint lead to 70-61. Saquan Singleton's dunk with 2:32 left got the Dragons within 80-72, but the Saints finished off the Dragons with a 14-3 run down the stretch.
The Blue Dragons were 29 of 64 from the field (45.3 percent). Seward County's KJCCC-leading defense held the Dragons to a season low one 3-point goal on 11 attempts. Hutch was 16 of 25 from the free-throw line. Hutchinson did hold a 42-38 rebounding advantage, but committed 17 turnovers.
Seward County was 36 of 68 shooting (52.9 percent), going 8-23 from 3-point range and 14 of 28 from the free-throw line.
Reggie Miller led the Saints with 24 points. Morency was right behind with 23 points.
GAME NOTES – The Blue Dragons still lead the all-time series with Seward County 76-30. … This was the fifth time this season Hutch has allowed an opponent to shoot 50 percent or better. … It's the fifth time the Dragons have allowed 90 or more points this season. … The Blue Dragons are 17-2 when out-rebounding an opponent. … Hutch is 7-5 in road games this season.