After trailing in the fourth quarter, the Seneca boys basketball team stormed back late to knock off the Miami (Okla.) boys in a varsity basketball game on Monday, 53-48.
In the waning minutes of the game it appeared the Wardogs were on their way to victory as they held a 44-38 lead. But the Indians would find a way back in it as they went on a 9-0 run to take a 49-47 advantage with just over a minute remaining.
At one point late in the first half the Indians trailed 26-16, but Shane Murphy sank a 3-pointer, was fouled on the play, missed the free throw, but teammate Logan St. Clair rebounded the miss and put it back in to give the Indians a five-point swing in the final three seconds of the second quarter.
That made it 26-21 at the half. Seneca would later tie it at 44 late in the game on another basket by St. Clair.
“It was quite a win,” Indians coach Will King said. “I’m so proud of my kids. They battled all night. It was a great night. (We were) on the road, the crowd was crazy. They’ve only lost three games all year. It was just a great win. We’re really proud of our kids.”
Kyler Ng led the Indians with 14 points while St. Clair netted 11, Bradley Jumper nine, Murphy and Chance Smith seven, and Elias Roelfsema three.
Wardogs freshman Colt Summers poured in 17 points.
The Indians (6-2) travel to talk on Saint Mary’s-Colgan at 6 p.m. tonight in Pittsburg, Kan.
The Miami girls, meanwhile, rebounded from a loss to Grove on Friday by defeating the Lady Indians 64-23 on Monday.
The Lady Wardogs jumped out to a 25-4 lead in the first half and held a 32-9 advantage at halftime. They continued to stretch the lead in the second half, going up 45-19 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Molli Cooper led the Lady Indians’ offense with seven points while Mirana Heath, Bailey Skelton, Courtney Cook and Elena Wood each scored four.
Miami’s junior varsity girls thumped Seneca, 40-11. Willow Rhoades paced the Lady Indians with 11 points.