The storyline out of Tuesday’s win by the Seneca boys basketball team was one Indians senior Kyler Ng will likely be telling for the rest of his life.
Ng, a 5-foot-11 guard, began the night just four points shy of the coveted 1,000 career points mark — a feat he accomplished easily in the first half. Oh, and he also hit the game-winner, sending the Indians to a 49-46 victory over the Purdy Eagles at Seneca High School.
Ng touched the 1,000-point milestone with a basket in the opening minutes of the first quarter. For good measure he added 15 more as the game went along, with none bigger than his long 3-pointer with 5 seconds left to break a 46-46 tie.
“It’s exciting,” Ng said. “It’s been a long time coming. I couldn’t do it without everyone else, obviously. It’s a pretty cool deal.”
Ng, who prepped two seasons at Commerce (Okla.) High School, carried his stats with him when his family moved to Seneca before his junior season. He said the experience at both places has helped him grow.
“Both places have been great,” Ng said. “Commerce was awesome the first two years. I got to play with a lot of great people and had a good coach there, and then coming to Seneca has been a smooth transition: Can’t ask for anything better.”
After trailing 16-10 after the first quarter, the Indians (8-4) put together a solid second quarter and led 26-25 at halftime. The Eagles went cold in the third quarter and the Indians doubled their points total in the period (14-7) to go in front 39-33 at the end of the third.
But Seneca never could put the Eagles away. Not until Ng’s shot buried them, of course.
“When we got up … I was hoping we could extend (the lead) a little bit there,” Indians coach Will King said. “But give Purdy credit, they did a great job. (The Eagles) threw a lot of different things at us tonight that had to make us think. I think it was a good game for us. It was good to get a win after a tough loss for us Friday at Diamond. I’m proud of all of the kids.”
While Ng’s shot ultimately won the game, teammate Chance Smith also had a key possession that helped set up the dramatics at the end. With the Indians trailing 46-44 with under a minute remaining, Smith pulled down an offensive rebound and fought through multiple defenders to put it back off the glass and tie the game at 46. That key possession swung the momentum in Seneca’s favor.
Page 2 of 2 - “We’ve got such a makeup we’ve got so many guys doing different things,” King said. “I bragged in the locker room about Chance Smith. He just crashed out of nowhere and just his energy and athleticism there — he could have taken that play off, but he did and he made a big bucket for us.”
Ng led the Indians with 17 points while Logan St. Clair turned in 10, Smith eight, Elias Roelfsema seven, Bradley Jumper five, and Seth Harris two.