Two solid quarters helped the Seneca Indians put Aurora away, 66-48, in a Big 8 Conference varsity boys basketball game at Aurora High School on Friday.
The Houn’ Dawgs came out scoring in the first quarter and clung to the lead, 17-15, at the end of the first quarter. But the Indians responded defensively, holding Aurora to eight points in the second quarter, and led 29-25 at the half.
At halftime Indians coach Will King challenged his team to play better defensively, and they responded in a big way. Seneca (15-6, 3-0 conference) outscored Aurora 23-9 in the third quarter and never looked back.
“It was kind of a rough start for us,” King said. “I wasn’t real happy with our defense early in the game, and I just kind of talked at halftime about stepping up on defense a little bit. They stepped up in the third quarter and kind of put it away.”
The Indians’ performance was further proof to King that he’s coaching a special group of players.
“I’m just proud of this team,” he said. “It’s a special team. Our scoring is real balanced, and guys are stepping up when they need to and sharing the basketball real well.”
Logan St. Clair and Kyler Ng each paced the Indians with 15 points while Seth Harris pitched in 13, Bradley Jumper nine and Elias Roelfsema and Chance Smith had six each.
Andrew Parker led Aurora with 16 points.