Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Boys Strong Late in Victory over Highland Park

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Seaman Boys Strong Late in Victory over Highland Park

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Every time the Highland Park boys started to make a run, Seaman had an answer.

Joe Miller and Ryan Zeferjahn made two clutch plays in particular, helping the Vikings keep their lead secure in a 64-54 victory over the Scots on Friday night at Highland Park.

"We kept our composure. We didn't turn the ball over," Zeferjahn said. "I felt like the (fourth-quarter) time was long, but we lasted it out and got the win."

After a free throw cut Seaman's lead to 56-51 with 2:22 left, Miller came through with one of the biggest momentum-changers, getting the ball deep in the post to put in a layup with a foul before screaming out in celebration.

"We were thinking about trying to take some time off the clock, but we said if we get a good matchup and a guy's got good position, let's go in there," Seaman coach Craig Cox said. "He was really strong on that play to be able to finish it and get to the line."

One minute later, Highland Park had the ball and a chance to cut into a six-point lead, but Zeferjahn came up with a steal at the top of the key and took it to the other end for a contested layup to make it 62-54.

The 6-foot-4 junior Zeferjahn also ended up stealing the ensuing inbounds pass to waste more time.

"I feel like we finished the game really strong," Zeferjahn said.

Seaman led, 49-39, entering the fourth quarter before Malik Keith put in a pair of jumpers to finish off a 6-0 Highland Park run to cut the deficit to four.

The Scots wouldn't get any closer, though, as Miller and Zeferjahn combined to score 11 straight Vikings points during the middle portion of the fourth quarter.

Zeferjahn and Josiah Hazim led Seaman with 17 points each, and both players were efficient; Zeferjahn made 6 of 7 field goals and 5 of 6 free throws, while the junior Hazim was 5 for 9 from the floor and 5 for 5 from the line.

Keith had 15 points for Highland Park (9-9, 6-5), while Jahlil Osby contributed 14.

Seaman (9-9, 6-5) has won three of its last four games.

SEAMAN GIRLS 50, HIGHLAND PARK 29 -- Seaman's inside combo of Tatyana Legette and Rachel Heald dominated the second half in the Vikings' runaway victory. …

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