Schuyler boys end season in Seward
The Schuyler Central High School Warriors basketball team saw its season come to an end on Monday, Feb. 18 in a Class B sub-district loss to the host Seward Bluejays by a final of 44-17.
The game was similar to the one played between the same two teams on Jan. 11. Seward hosted that game as well and won by a score of 53-12.
In that contest, the Blue Jays led 14-2 after one quarter, 27-4 at half, and 47-7 at the start of the fourth. In the most recent battle, the Warriors and Blue Jays each scored 15 points in the middle two quarters, but a 17-0 first quarter blitz by Seward and 12-2 fourth quarter advantage kept Schuyler Central from pulling off a major upset.
Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said his team knew that Seward would be a challenging matchup.
“It’s difficult to find shots when we play them,” he said. “Their length was difficult for us again.”
In addition to Seward’s superior height advantage, the Warriors hampered their own cause with several first-quarter giveaways.
“We had more turnovers in the first quarter than we did shots attempted,” noted Beebe. “Our play was much better in the second and third quarters. You could see us settle down, and we did a much better job of handling their size and defensive pressure.”
With the loss, the Warriors ended their season with a record of 2-20, but with only two seniors on the roster, Schuyler is looking to the future for better results.
“Our two seniors were great leaders for us this season. Rosel Diaz and Preston Anderson will be missed,” Beebe said. “I think that they are the kind of role models our younger players needed.”
As a team, the Warriors averaged 26.4 points per game while hitting 32 percent of their shots and dishing out 5.2 assists.
Defensively, Schuyler averaged 17.5 rebounds per contest, 4.9 steals and 2.9 blocked shots.
Three Warriors scored over 100 points during the season with Easton Hall leading the way with 168 points followed by Aaron Langemeier with 150 and Oscar Velez with 101.
Langemeier was far and away the leader in 3-point field goals made, hitting 22 of the total 33 treys made by SCHS. Elmer Salazar contributed four 3-pointers, Nolan Healy had two and Ruben Lickei, Anderson, and Hall each had one.
On the season, SCHS connected on 108 of 233 free throw attempts for an average of 46 percent. Hall led the way at 58 percent followed by Langemeier with 56 percent, Anderson at 40 percent, Velez with 39 percent and Juan Gonzalez and Salazar with 36 percent each.
Hall dominated the rebound department with 131 on the season for an average of 6.2 per game. Velez grabbed 61 rebounds, and Langemeier hauled in 52.
Schuyler Central totaled 107 steals defensively led by Langemeier’s 27, Hall with 24 and Salazar with 16.
Looking ahead to next year Coach Beebe noted: “We really improved in many areas this year. We are looking forward to having a productive off-season and building for the future.”
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.