It took Southeast alum Clint Rider four games to enjoy his first win as head coach of the Southeast High School boys basketball team.

It took Southeast alum Clint Rider four games to enjoy his first win as head coach of the Southeast High School boys basketball team.

Southeast opened its season with Oswego and Rider expected a tough game against one of the best teams in the Three Rivers League; Oswego defeated Southeast 53-28 last season.

“In order to have success against a good, senior-laden team like Oswego, it will be paramount for us to slow the game down,” Rider said.

Oswego defeated Southeast, 50-34; Southeast’s leading 2009-10 scorer, Jake Thompson, led in scoring the first game of the 2010-11 season with his 13 points.

33-25 L vs. Columbus
Southeast lost its second consecutive home game; Columbus has started its season 5-0 on the strength of three victories against Crawford-Neosho-Cherokee opponents (Girard, Southeast, Baxter Springs).
“I expect our kids to come out every night and compete,” Rider said. “I know our kids want to win, and win now. They’re competitors, so I believe they will put the work in to become a successful team.”
Columbus put Southeast in trouble with a 10-3 first quarter and 21-11 halftime lead; Southeast outscored Columbus 14-13 in the second half.
Jake Thompson paced Southeast with 12 points.

55-34 L vs. Derby Homeschool
The Invasion of Derby Homeschool simply outshot Southeast, led by the 23 points of Thomas Leach and the 17 points of Ian Michaelson; Leach averages 21 points per game on the season.
Derby Homeschool made 13 of 14 free throws (93 percent) and Southeast made an anemic 2 of 10 foul shots (20 percent). This 11-point differential in free throws did not help Southeast’s cause.
Jake Thompson led Southeast with 11 points and Aaron Lake and Dalton Powell both scored nine points. Thompson and Lake both nailed three 3-point shots. Southeast made six 3-point shots and Derby Homeschool made eight.

37-34 W vs. St. Paul
The Thompson brothers, senior Jake and sophomore Josh, helped Southeast to its first win of the season, combining for 26 points (Jake 15, Josh 11).
In a tale of two games, Southeast made 2 of 10 free throws against Derby Homeschool and then shot 9 of 14 against St. Paul, an improvement of 44 percent and seven points, making all the difference between a loss and a win.
Southeast went 1-2 in the St. Paul Tournament and Jake Thompson and Powell made the All-Tournament Team.
“Jake is a polished offensive player,” Rider said. “He has a great work ethic and spent a lot of offseason time in the gym working on his game.
“Dalton is a competitor. He possesses many leadership qualities that he displayed at quarterback during football that will translate onto the court.”

36-32 L at Commerce (Okla.)
Southeast lost its first official road game of the season after its first victory, as Commerce broke free of a 22-22 tie after three quarters.

43-39 W at Riverton
The Lancers played arguably their best game of the year against old foe Riverton, which likes to use pressure defense and Rider said that his team won  by and large because of limiting turnovers.
“Tonight (Dec. 17) was the first night we ran our man offense well,” Rider said. “Our kids handled their pressure defense.”
Jake Thompson led all scorers with 17 points and Powell joined Thompson in double figures with 11 points.

47-24 L at St. Mary’s Colgan
After notching a quality road victory against Riverton, three days later the Lancers found themselves in a big hole against Colgan at St. Mary’s Colgan Fieldhouse, shutout in the first quarter and trailing 34-5 at halftime.
“Their pressure got to us,” Rider said. “Colgan plays tough man defense, probably the toughest on the schedule.”
Jake Thompson and Powell combined for 20 of Southeast’s 24 points; Thompson led all scorers with 11 points, making three 3-point shots, and Powell scored nine. Southeast made 5 of 6 free throws.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the kids for the way they came out and played the second half,” Rider said.