A slow start out of the gate hampered the Seneca boys basketball team as they couldn’t climb out of an early hole and fell to Carthage, 63-51 at the Carthage Tournament.
Behind a key performance from Nathan Reid, the Tigers started fast and jumped out to a 22-12 advantage after the first quarter.
The Indians, however, would fight back. After trailing 32-20 at the half, they played much better in the third quarter and closed the deficit to 45-40 at the end of the third quarter.
The score would remain close for most of the final period until Carthage’s Anthony Turk hit back-to-back 3-pointer’s late in the contest to deliver the dagger.
“It was a rough first quarter,” Indians coach Will King said. “They hit some quick shots and we had some turnovers. They jumped on us early, but we settled down. I was real proud of our kids: They battled hard.”
Daniel Noah led the Indians in scoring with 18 points followed by Kyler Ng with 11. Bradley Jumper scored eight points for the Indians while Jason Mendoza, Elias Roelfsema and Chance Smith had four each and Payton Rawlins added two.
Reid finished with a game-high 28 points and Turk added 11.
The Indians take on Monett at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Carthage Tournament.