Coach Small used one word to describe the game at Kalama tonight. “Physical!”
Small went on to say: ” you don’t win at Kalama without feeling it.” Kalama is year in year out a powerhouse in boys basketball at the 2B level. An experienced program that is always in the playoff hunt. Coming into tonight’s game no Seton team, boys or girls, had ever won a varsity game over Kalama.
Coming off a very fast paced and physical game last night the Cougs knew they were going to need to dig deep if they wanted to walk away with a win. Tonight another first for the Seton Basketball program as the Cougars came away with a 60-49 win over the Kalama Chinooks!
Seton opened the game with a 23 point first quarter and it looked as though they’d be on pace for another 80 point night. But an experienced Kalama team was able to slow the pace down and get the game into the type of flow that played to their style. Seton only managed 11 points in the 2nd quarter and the Cougs went into halftime with just a 6 point lead. The third quarter was just flat out physical without a whole lot of offense as neither team could mount any type of scoring attack. Each team managed only 5 points in the quarter and at the end of three it was still just a six point game 38-32 Cougs.
The game stayed tight throughout the fourth quarter but Seton never gave up the lead.. With 4 minutes left in the game Kalama had brought the Seton lead down to two. Seton did not blink as they fought off the Chinooks charge and built the lead back to 8 with 1:24 left to play. Kalama never got closer than six points the rest of the way as the Chinooks had to resort to fouling and Seton converted well enough from the line to secure the win.
On a night where every point had to be earned due to the stingy and physical defense by the Chinooks, Seton showed a well rounded attack with three players in double figures. Gabe Anderson and Andy Olson scored 16 points each to lead the Cougars. Isaiah Parker added 13 including four crucial free throws in the final quarter to ice the game. Delano Morgan chipped in 8 points.
Seton will have tomorrow off and then play host to 1A Powerhouse Kings from Shoreline Washington. JV 2pm. Varsity 3:30pm!