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Savages Fall To Seminole


February 7, 2019

Countywide & Sun/Suzie Campbell

Kainan Ryan pushes through a crowd of Prague defenders

The Tecumseh Savages' schedule isn't getting easier as the end of the regular season closes in. The Savages faced to ranked teams last week and finished the week at 1-1, even though they had a starter out due to injury.

The Savages traveled to Seminole last Tuesday to face rival Seminole with Anthony Billy, the team's leading scorer, sidelined. Tecumseh and 15th-ranked Seminole went toe to toe the entire game before the Chieftains finally came out on top.

Seminole led 16-14 after the first quarter and led 32-28 at halftime. The Chieftains (15-3) gained a little room in the third period as they outscored the Savages 14-11 to lead 46-39 heading to the fourth. Trailing by seven, the Savages battled to a 16-12 edge in the final quarter but came up just short as they dropped a 58-55 decision.

Jayden Shafer led the Savages in scoring with 17 points on the night and Kainan Ryan was also in double figures with 12. Ed Carey poured in seven points for the Savages and Alex Schovanec added six to the total. Jacob Green tossed in five points in the loss.

Schovanec led the Savages on the boards with six rebounds. Shafer pulled down five boards and Carey grabbed four. Clearing the glass for three boards each were Green, Dylan Graham and Ty Shields.

On Friday night the Savages hosted 19th-ranked (3A) Prague as the Red Devils brought a 15-4 record to town. The Savages found themselves in a real battle but made sure Prague left with 15-5 record as Tecumseh handed them a 58-56 loss.

The Savages led 12-11 after the first quarter and then outraced Prague 17-16 in the second to hold a 29-27 advantage at the half. The third quarter was a good one for Tecumseh as they won the period 13-6 and built a nine-point lead headed to the fourth, a margin they would need to sustain the win.

Prague fought hard in the fourth quarter and won the stanza 23-16, but the Savages made free throws when they needed them to take a 58-56 win. Prague made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make the game closer at the end.

Still without Anthony, a balanced attack led to a big win for the Savages. Green led the Savages with 14 points while Ryan and Shafer were both in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively. Josiah Mendoza knocked in nine points for Tecumseh and Payden Clutter added six points.

The Savages moved their record to 13-8 on the season and will finish the regular season tomorrow (Friday) night as they host Little Axe for homecoming, delayed a week by the tragic events of last week. The Savages will begin post-season play next Friday night in Clinton as they face the Red Tornadoes in Districts.


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