Jan 12, 2022 4:39 AM

Trojans topple Clay Center behind four double-digit scorers

Posted Jan 12, 2022 4:39 AM

Salina Post contributor

This SES game recap is presented by Salina Ortho: Quality orthopedic care when you need it!
This SES game recap is presented by Salina Ortho: Quality orthopedic care when you need it!

The Southeast of Saline boy’s basketball team posted yet another dominant showing, decimating Clay Center by a final score of 77-46.

This win advances the 10th-ranked Trojans to 6-2 while Clay Center falls to 5-3.

SES got the most out of their transition defense tonight forcing a staggering 24 turnovers while coughing the ball up just 11 times as a team.

“I think we wore them out a little bit and we did a great job defensively making them take tough shots and getting on the glass,” Trojan head coach Bryson Flax said. “We moved the ball down the court really fast and that really helped us turn defense to offense.”

That transition game opened the floodgates as four different players reached double digits and a fifth added nine more, including two career highs in the team’s second-best offensive effort of the season.

Among those with new watermarks were Kayson Liley and Caden Isaacson, who each contributed 15 in the win.

All five of Liley’s makes came from deep including at least one in each quarter, while Isaacson posted another great night offensively after a slow start to the year.

“Caden played really well and he’s our junkyard dog,” Flax said. “We know what we’re getting with him and he’s shot the ball a lot better than he did first semester. It’s really fun when he’s flowing offensively and he has a lot of confidence in himself.”

Just one Tiger was able to notch double digits as Carson Floersch finished his night with 16.

The Trojans will take a week to rest up and prepare for the annual Sterling Tournament where they will enter as the one seed with a chance to bring home the hardware on Friday amidst another loaded field.

“Usually you go into Sterling wanting to get two out of three but I told the guys ‘forget that, we want three out of three,” Flax said. “You can’t do that if you don’t get the first one so we have to prepare to get after it.”

SES will open bracket play next Tuesday against 0-7 Hutch Trinity at 7 pm.