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Southeast boys fight past Maize

Published Jan. 4 at 11:29 p.m. | Last updated Jan. 4 at 11:20 p.m.

Southeast may have come back from a six-point third quarter deficit to give Maize its first loss in a 62-55 win on Saturday, but coach Melvin Herring was furious with his team in the locker room after the game.

Southeast had a 10-point lead after EJ Garnes hit two free throws with 1:39 remaining. But then the Buffaloes committed two turnovers and took quick shots and made silly fouls.

“It’s taking care of the basketball, getting out of control, reverting back to pickup basketball,” Herring said. “That’s not what we’re about at all. I take my hat off to Maize. The whole game they executed and they executed well.

“We dug in, though, and we pulled it out.”

While Herring informed his team, which improved to 4-1, of his frustration after the game, Maize coach Chris Davis told his team he was probably the happiest coach in the City League vs. AV-CTL basketball challenge.

“I love their fortitude,” Davis said. “Their coachability, their leadership. That’s a good team that we got beat by. We’ll get better.”

For three quarters Maize matched Southeast’s quickness and fast-paced offense.

“That was kind of a shocker,” said Southeast guard EJ Garnes, who had 18 points and four assists. “At the end, we finally let everything go, let the refs out of our heads and said there’s no way they can stay in front of us the whole game.”

Aaron Shaw, who led Maize with 18 points and 11 rebounds, scored three straight points in the third to give the Eagles a 35-30 lead. Then Connor Eleeson converted a three-point play for the 38-32 lead.

And then Southeast started to pull away. Jordan Murdock hit a three to spark an 11-2 run for the 43-40 lead.

With the score tied at 43-all heading into the fourth, Southeast went on another run, this one more devastating to Maize. The Buffaloes went on a 16-5 run for the 59-49 lead with 1:39 to go.

In that run, Garnes scored eight points and Jerrick Harding, who finished with 17, had a four-point play.

“We got a little bit pressured,” Davis said. “We maybe didn’t curl as crisply or trust our offense as much because of the pressure. When there’s pressure you have to want it. I think we backed off a little bit.”

Southeast’s Reagan Oyugi added 10 rebounds, while Maize’s Ky-Sean Johnson had 16 points.

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Maize: Garnes 18, Harding 17, Love 2, Loudermilk 8, Oyugi 9, Murdock 8.

Southeast: Horsch 4, Lungwitz 6, Wilcox 5, Shaw 18, Johnson 16, Engler 3, Eleeson 3.