By TYLER HENRY
Salina Post contributor
After a hard fought 58-55 victory over the Minneapolis Lions, the SES Trojans boys basketball team will travel to Clay Center for a tip with the Tigers tonight.
With a win on either side of the new year, Southeast of Saline is back to 3-4, and has an excellent opportunity to return to .500 with a win tonight over 1-4 Clay Center.
The road to this game has been a bumpy one for the Trojans, but through the ups and downs of a brutal schedule, but with a two game winning streak, Southeast has built some momentum coming out of the break.
“Our guys have never lost confidence even when we were losing games,” SES head coach Bryson Flax said. “There are a lot of things that happen over the course of the season that you have to overcome. It was really big to go into the break with a win and even bigger to come out of the break with one.”
Clay Center, while 1-4, is not an opponent the Trojans can look past. Led by Isaac Lee, the Tigers have made a lot of changes coming into the new year.
“Clay Center brings their own challenges,” Flax said. “They looked completely different before break than they did after. They play really hard despite their record and they’re better at home than they are on the road, the film doesn’t lie there.”
As the Trojans figure out their identity as a team, the wins have started to develop, and the cohesion on the floor has looked much better.
“I love the group we have, we’re talented, we’re deep and we feel like we’re good enough to compete with any team we step out on the floor with,” Flax said.
Tipoff will follow the girls game at 6pm tonight from Clay Center High School. As always games can be heard on KINA (910 AM or 107.5 FM) or streamed on Salina Post courtesy of Comfort Heating and Air.