By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor
The Southeast of Saline Trojans will play their final game of the regular season tonight when they host the 2-11 Republic County Buffaloes.
Republic County has not won a game since January 12th but has struggled to find games in a covid-complicated season, while SES comes in having won 11 of their last 14 games.
Tonight will also be senior night for the Trojans, who will honor five seniors in Camden Spano-Lund, Jaxson Gebhardt, Bryant Banks, Eli Harris and Grant Stumpf.
“I'm proud of all of them,” SES head coach Bryson Flax said. “Their attitudes have been terrific and our practices have been ultra competitive. It starts with those guys leading by example.”
Republic County has focused heavily on post play this season, running most of their offense through a pair of juniors in Blake Aurand and Caleb Bates, who combine to score about two thirds of the Buffaloes points.
For the Trojans, tonight presents an opportunity to take some more positive momentum into the sub-state tournament, and to continue playing their best basketball here at the tail end of the season.
“I feel like from a maturity standpoint we've gotten a lot better,” Flax said. “Last night we were patient, we ran offense, ran clock off, and finished the possession at the free throw line. That has continued to get better throughout the year.”
SES will also be keeping an eye on Sacred Heart's final game against Ellsworth, as a Trojan win and a Bearcat loss could give the Southeast a chance to host a first round playoff game.
Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm following the girls game and as always both contests can be heard on KINA (910 AM or 107.5 FM).