Seaman boys rally in OT, top Hayden 63-58

For a Seaman boys team that saw its confidence take a pretty good beating with a 24-point home loss to Topeka West on Tuesday, the way Friday night’s game against rival Hayden was playing out was anything but ideal for the Vikings.

 

After leading the entire way, Seaman saw a shorthanded Wildcat team playing without star Zach Harvey rally to force overtime. Hayden then got a five-point possession to start the extra period when DeShawn Hanika was fouled hard on a breakaway layup.

Suddenly a game Seaman controlled was seemingly getting away.

“It wasn’t looking good,” Seaman coach Craig Cox said.

What happened next couldn’t possibly have looked better for the Viking coach. Seaman answered Hayden’s opening salvo with a 12-2 run to take a 63-58 overtime victory.

“Credit our guys for not dropping their heads and giving up,” Cox said. “They fought through it.”

Seaman never led by more than eight in the game, but the Vikings also managed to stay a step ahead of Hayden until late in the fourth quarter. With three starters playing with four fouls, the Wildcats rallied and got within two with 1:54 left on a Hanika putback, and after missing four shots to tie or take the lead, finally tied it on two Hayden Federico free throws with 8.6 seconds left.

Hayden then nearly won it in regulation when Jett Canfield got a steal, but his off-balance layup at the buzzer rolled off. Hanika poked a steal to start overtime, converted the layup while being intentionally fouled and Hayden added a free throw from Austin Crow and a inbounds basket from Levi Braun to go up 56-51.

It was all Seaman from there. Trey Duffey scored twice inside, and after a trap forced a turnover the Vikings took the lead for good on Kobe Bonner’s breakout layup. After a miss by Hanika on the baseline, Jacob Boyles got wide open on an inbounds for a bucket and Hayden didn’t get closer than three the rest of the way.

“For us to come out with this win is a confidence builder,” Cox said.

Boyles was huge off the bench for Seaman, scoring 10, including a pair of 3-pointers. Bonner led the Vikings with 16 and Duffey added 14.

Hanika led all scorers with 19 and Braun had 18 for Hayden, which played without Harvey who injured his ankle Tuesday against Topeka High.

SEAMAN GIRLS 62, HAYDEN 47 — A little bit of confidence gained in Tuesday’s blowout win over Topeka West went a long way towards Seaman avenging a pre-Christmas loss to Hayden.

The same aggressive Vikings who blew West out early jumped on Hayden immediately as Seaman got two early 3-pointers from Chloe Carter and forced five quick Hayden turnovers to take an 18-2 lead. Seaman hit its first five shots from the field and canned 10 of 17 shots in the quarter to lead 25-9 at the end of the period.

“We came out on fire and we executed,” Seaman coach Matt Tinsley said.

Hayden slowly crawled back in it and was very much in it when Madison Ellis hit a 3-pointer with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter to pull the Wildcats within 53-47. But Seaman finished strong, outscoring Hayden 9-0 the rest of the way, hitting 7 of 10 free throws and getting a big bucket from Taylor Russell with 1:20 left.

“We showed a lot of composure,” Tinsley said. “They’re a good team and they were going to make a run. We showed that toughness we were missing at the beginning of the year.”

Carter led Seaman with 14 points, while Katera Mayfield added 12 and Hallee Olson-Thomas had 10. Brooklyn Hunter led Hayden with 19 points and Sophie Purcell had 13.

SEAMAN BOYS 63, HAYDEN 58 (OT)

Hayden … 12 … 15 … 10 … 14 … 7 … — … 58

Seaman … 19 … 13 … 9 … 10 … 12 … — … 63

Hayden (4-4, 2-2) — Hanika 9-12 0-0 19, Canfield 3-15 0-1 7, Federico 2-3 2-2 6, Tetuan 2-4 0-1 4, Braun 7-13 0-0 18, Muller 0-0 0-0 0, Crow 1-2 1-2 4, Roeder 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 3-7 58.

Seaman (5-3, 2-3) — Heinen 1-3 5-6 7, Bonner 6-9 2-3 16, Henley 2-5 2-2 7, Duffey 5-11 4-6 14, Cobb 2-4 3-4 7, Cowan 1-2 0-0 2, Laird 0-1 0-0 0, Boyles 4-7 0-0 10, Cox 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-42 16-21 63.

3-point goals — Hayden 7-21 (Braun 4-8, Hanika 1-3, Canfield 1-7, Crow 1-2, Tetuan 0-1); Seaman 5-9 (Bonner 2-3, Boyles 2-4, Henley 1-1, Laird 0-1). Total fouls — Hayden 19, Seaman 11. Fouled out — none.

SEAMAN GIRLS 62, HAYDEN 47

Hayden … 9 … 13 … 13 … 13 … — … 47

Seaman … 25 … 10 … 10 … 17 … — … 62

Hayden (4-4, 3-2) — Hunter 6-11 4-4 19, Jay 0-3 1-2 1, Ellis 1-5 0-0 3, Shurtz 3-7 1-2 7, Purcell 4-16 3-6 13, Karolevitz 2-2 0-0 4, Schmitz 0-0 0-0 0, Bauer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-44 9-14 47.

Seaman (5-4, 3-2) — Skoch 2-4 5-6 9, Turner 1-2 1-2 3, Olson-Thomas 4-8 2-4 10, Carter 4-11 4-6 14, Mayfield 4-10 4-5 12, Akin 2-4 0-0 4, D. Kramer 1-2 0-0 2, R. Kramer 1-2 0-0 2, Ritz 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Russel 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 22-48 16-23 62.

3-point goals — Hayden 6-16 (Hunter 3-6, Purcell 2-6, Ellis 1-4); Seaman 2-5 (Carter 2-4, Skoch 0-1). Total fouls — Hayden 13, Seaman 14. Fouled out — none.

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