First-half explosion sets stage for Southeast victory

By Colin Harris | Staff Writer Published:

By Colin Harris | staff writer

Southeast rode a hot second quarter to victory on Friday night, outlasting Garfield 67-57 in a Portage Trail Conference County Division victory.

With Garfield forwards Fred Maxey and Anthony Workman on the bench with two fouls, Southeast outscored Garfield 22-12 in the second quarter. The run caused a 19-7 Pirates lead to balloon into a 41-19 halftime advantage.

Southeast (10-7, 8-4 PTC County) knocked down four of its eight 3-pointers during the second quarter, including two from Nathan Simyak and one from Jordan Krych as part of a nine-point effort in the quarter.

Garfield head coach Andy Olesky said that the absence of a pair of powerful forwards from the lineup was a major problem.

"We can't afford to have any of our players out for that length of time," Olesky said. "But our bigs are instrumental to what we do, so having them out was huge."

Southeast head coach Matt Dillon said the Pirates' first-half performance was exactly what he had been looking for from his team as of late.

"We played extremely well in the first half, and our players did everything we wanted," Dillon said. "But it is pretty hard to expect to shoot the ball the way we did during that first half."

Dillon's fears came true in the third quarter as Garfield's offense began to show signs of life.

With Maxey and Workman back in the game, the G-Men outscored Southeast 19-8 over the eight minutes of play. Five different G-Men players scored, including five points apiece from Maxey and Matt Pratt.

Garfield managed to cut its deficit to 10 at the start of the fourth quarter as Corey Lambert hit on the front half of a pair of foul shots.

With the G-Men surging, Southeast needed a stopper -- and it found one in senior forward Trevor Norquest.

As Southeast's lead shriveled to 49-39, it was Norquest who came up with a personal 8-2 run that pushed the Pirates' lead back out to 57-41 with about five minutes remaining in the game.

Norquest's surge to begin the quarter broke Garfield's back as the G-Men never got their deficit into single-digits down the stretch.

The senior forward finished with 12 points, but 10 came in the fourth quarter when his team needed it the most.

"When we started turning this program around in the right direction four years ago, Trevor came in as a freshman and was a big part of that," Dillon said. "There are times, like tonight, when Trevor remembers all the hard work we've put into getting this (program) turned around."

Krych led all scorers with 22 points for Southeast in the win. Lucas Bloom (10 points) and Simyak (13) joined Krych and Norquest in double figures for the Pirates.

Garfield (6-12, 6-6 PTC County) was led by Steven Lambert, who finished with 21 points. Maxey added 12 points to go along with 12 rebounds.

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