CHEROKEE — Whether it was the tightness or the fatigue from Friday’s game against Galena, the Southeast Lancer boys basketball team could not overcome a 31-18 third quarter deficit in their 48-28 loss to the Seneca Indians at home.
Playing in the first round of the Lancer Classic, Southeast fell to 4-5 overall, as poor shooting proved to be the Achilles heel for the Lancers.
“I just thought that we couldn’t knock down our shots,” said Southeast head coach Timothy Simpson. “It was difficult. We got behind early and when that happens, it’s tough to win.”
Gavin Dunnam put up 14 points to lead the Indians while Zack Dunnam scored 13. Cameron Brattin had 11.
Chandler Jackson had 13 points to lead the Lancers and was the only Southeast player to score in double digits. Caleb Thompson scored four points while Cole Burdette and Tanner Craddock each had three.
Simpson didn’t say for sure if fatigue was another issue for the Lancers, considering their last game was last Friday against Galena.
“It’s hard to say in that sense. We may have just been a little too tight. We had a good shoot-around on Sunday and a good walkthrough today. We seemed all right then. We came out and couldn’t hit a shot to save our lives,” Simpson said.
Through the opening six minutes, only one basket was managed from either team with Seneca going up first.
The Lancers ended their scoring drought with a n inside shot by Colton Trejo that was answered back by an and-one from Brattin.
Sam Holsinger scored his lone basket of the night from 3-point land to tie the game late in the first quarter.
Jackson’s first points gave Southeast its first lead of the night at 7-5 to start the second quarter. He scored his first 3-pointer of the game just seconds later to regain the lead for the Lancers, responding to an Indian 3-pointer.
Free throws by Gavin made it 19-15, Seneca and Zach outside shot made it 22-15, the Lancers missed three consecutive shots on their next possession in the final minute of the half to take a 22-15 lead at intermission.
The Indians used a 9-3 run in the third quarter, limiting the Lancers to one free throw and a field goal to take a 31-18 lead heading into the fourth.
A shot off the backboard by Sam Holsinger was cancelled by a foul from Burdette and the Lancers’ shooting woes continued while Seneca went on a 6-0 run to extend its lead.
A 3-point basket from Zack made it 40-19 before Burdette scored a transition basket for the first Lancer field goal of the fourth.
The Indians added another 3-pointer with 3:49 to play and the Lancers trailed 45-21.
Jackson added a slam-dunk off a steal with 1:45 on the clock to cut the deficit to 20 for the Lancers.
In the game’s final minute the Indians sent in a new starting five to close out the game.
The Lancers will face the loser of Tuesday night’s game between Jayhawk-Linn and Baxter Springs in the consolation bracket. That game will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Seneca will play the winner in the semi finals on Thursday night.
No.1 seeded Parsons will face eight seed Columbus tonight while fourth seeded St. Paul will meet Erie in today’s other first round games in the boys tournament.
The Lancers will be looking forward to having an extra day to recover with the rest of the first round games being played on Tuesday.
“It’s going to play a big part,” Simpson said. “It’ll give us a chance to lick our wounds and get a live scouting report on a team that we are about to face. It’ll also allow us to get focused on our opponent.”