The Warrior boys outscored Seward 21-18 in the second and fourth quarters Friday, but the Bluejays owned the other two quarters in their 53-31 road win.
Seward outscored Schuyler 35-10 in the first and third quarters while improving to 8-3 on the season. Schuyler dropped to 3-8 after its fourth straight loss.
“The first and third quarters really hurt us tonight,” Schuyler head coach Lyndon Beebe said. “We outscored them in the second and fourth and we had many good looks in the third quarter, but we just couldn’t make any shots. We had enough good shots that I thought we could make a game of it.”
Seward came out of the starting gate sizzling as the Bluejays bolted to a 9-0 lead just over two minutes into the game.
A free throw by Jakub Langemeier and two more from Auston Hall made it 9-3 with 3:39 remaining in the first quarter. Seward responded with the next five points before Hall sank two more free throws to make it 14-5 after one quarter.
The Warriors played well at both ends in the second quarter. Schuyler pulled within 20-16 with 19 seconds left in the half after a layup by Juan Gonzalez.
With the home crowd back in the game, it appeared as if the Warriors had erased all the early momentum gained by the Bluejays.
Then Seward’s Joseph Krause nailed a 25-foot 3-pointer with two seconds remaining that quieted the home crowd and stole the momentum back heading into the locker room.
“It hurt when they hit the 3-pointer right before the half,” Beebe said.
The Bluejays opened the second half with another 9-0 run to build a 32-16 lead.
A 3-pointer by Schuyler’s Tychique Kutalu ended the Seward run and brought the Warriors to within 32-19, then the Bluejays went on a 12-0 spurt before the Warriors scored again.
Easton Hall broke the streak with a layup with 16 seconds remaining in the period and the Warriors trailed 44-21 entering the fourth quarter.
The final period was highlighted by 3-pointers from Noah Beebe and Auston Hall, but it was too little, too late for the Warrriors.
Auston Hall led Schuyler with 11 points and Langemeier finished with six. Noah Beebe and Easton Hall chipped in four points each.
Seward got 11 points apiece from Nate Lliteras, Brett Meyer and Derek Holtorf.
“We have to keep getting better,” coach Beebe said. “We have three games next week that I think we can win if we compete well. We should be able to be right there with all three opponents. We had these two tough games and they are behind us now. We are surviving and getting through it. Our guys are still able to keep their focus and that is important.”
The Warriors play Friday at Lakeview and Saturday at Grand Island Northwest before beginning the Central Conference Tournament on Tuesday at Adams Central.