Facing an undefeated St. Mary’s-Colgan team on Tuesday, the Seneca boys didn’t let records get in their heads and instead used a balanced attack to deliver the first setback of the season for the Panthers with a 66-51 victory at Seneca High School.
The Indians (6-3) won for the second time in a row following the return of senior Chance Smith, and he joined three other Indians scoring in double figures.
Bradley Jumper led the team with 15 points, while Tyrell Hembree and Seth Harris each poured in 14 and Smith netted 10. Elias Roelfsema rattled in seven points and Isaac Gayer tallied six.
A superb defensive effort, especially in the early going, set the stage for an offensive outburst late in the game that helped the Indians put this one away. They led 29-25 at halftime, but the Panthers cut the deficit to 43-42 by the end of the third.
“It was a slow game early on,” Indians coach Will King said. “We had some missed shots, but I thought our defense really stepped up and played well, then we hit some shots in the second half. That makes for a good combination, playing defense and hitting shots.”
Indeed, they did both, outscoring the Panthers 23-9 in the final period.
“It was another good balanced attack,” King said. “I know I say this a lot, but that’s why I think this team is a special team — because we have more than one guy that can step up and do things.”
Luke Marquardt and Austin Commons led the Panthers with 12 points.
The Indians travel to Galena for a showdown at 6 p.m. Thursday.