DODGE CITY, Kan. – The Seward County men's basketball came away with a statement win in the opening game of the Dodge Classic, defeating Hesston College 124-41. It marks the most points scored in a game since 2015, when Seward scored 124 against Fort Carson. The 83-points margin of victory is the largest in Seward history against an NJCAA program in Seward history.
Seward County dominated in all aspects of this game, including rebounding, an area that the Saints had struggled with through the first two weeks of the season. Heading into the game, Seward held a plus-four rebound margin against their opponents. Against Hesston, Seward outrebounded the Larks by 29 rebounds, as the Saints pulled down 51.
The Saints had five score in double-figures, with Isiah Small leading all scorers with 23 points. Devin Bethely (16 points), Hegel Augustin (16 points), Marco Morency (13 points) and Julian Santamaria (12 points) each joined Small in double-figures.
Seward had one of their more dominating offense performances in recent years, connecting on 62 percent (49-of-79) from the floor and nearly 50 percent (14-of-29) from behind the arc. While the Saints seemingly couldn't miss, the Larks struggled to find the rim, shooting just 30.2 percent (16-of-53) from the floor and 18.5 percent (5-of-27) from deep.
Seward used an impressive 66-18 first half outing to effectively put the game away. The Saints continued to pour it on in the second half, outscoring the Larks 58-23 to reach the 83-point margin of victory.
Seward will end the Dodge Classic on Saturday (Nov. 17) with a 2:00 p.m. game against Redlands Community College. The game will be broadcasted on 1270 AM with Keith Angelmyer on the call.