Coach Kris Small noticed a lack of focus in the locker room during pre-game. Despite his best warnings to the team his fears were validated with what was maybe the worst half of basketball ever played by a Seton team.
The Cougars scored only six points in the first quarter while giving up 26 points to the T Wolves of Heritage. Heritage had two players individually outscore the entire Seton roster with the two of them combining for 21 points. The second quarter wasn’t much better as Seton went in at halftime down 41-15. The Cougs struggled the entire first half running any of their sets, rotating on defense, and rebounding the ball. The Cougars had 17 turnovers in the first half against a man to man half court defense.
After a spirited halftime talk by the coaches where the kids were challenged to play with pride, passion, poise, and identity, a different Seton team took the floor. Outscoring the T Wolves 41-22 in the second half the Cougs turned a laugher into a knock down drag out game getting the game within reach with 3 1/2 minutes left to play and Heritage cold from the foul line. Seton continued to struggle to rebound against their 6’7 post but our pressure paid off as the game remained in single digits the final three minutes.
The second half showed the Cougs and their fans what they’re capable of if they just as the coaches say “be us. You don’t need to be anybody else but us.” Suddenly we started setting quality screens, making quality cuts, catching the ball with a purpose, and applying pressure “D”. It led to a 28 point performance by Seton senior guard Matthew Kent. Kent scored 25 of his team leading and career high in the second half. Isaiah Parker chipped in 18. The momentum change made for a true high school atmosphere as the Seton student section and the Heritage student section began chants back and forth. The Seton Cheer Squad led our crowd in fueling our momentum.
The Cougars Defense forced 14 second half turnovers to turn the pace of the game into our style of play. The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Cougs going into Christmas break. Seton will travel north on Tuesday to visit the always powerful Kings. On Thursday they’ll cross the river to take on Scapoose.
From the players and coaching staff Merry Christmas to all of our Seton Community! Thank you for your support! Have a very safe and blessed Holidays!