BURNS – The Southeast High School boys’ basketball team opened the 2019-20 season with a 3-1 record at the annual Burns Winter Classic, which ran Thursday through Saturday.
The Cyclones opened the season Thursday evening against the defending Class 2A state champion, Wyoming Indian Chiefs.
Southeast held the Chiefs to only five fourth-quarter points, scoring a 51-49 come-from-behind win.
Wyoming Indian grabbed an early 15-8 lead at the end of the opening quarter, pushing the lead to 28-19 at the half.
Southeast battled back, outscoring the Chiefs 32-21 in the second half for the win.
Junior Sawyer Anderson led the team with 19 points.
The next day, the Cyclones faced the tall task of playing two games in a span of four and a half hours.
The Cyclones dropped the afternoon contest to Saratoga, 65-57.
“We were tired. (Thursday) night’s game was late. We got home late. We came out flat against Saratoga,” Cyclone coach Crockett Herring said. “We were able to recover a little bit but couldn’t finish.”
Junior Hayden Anderson led the team with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while junior Bodie Herring added 17 points.
“We started slow, like we did against Wyoming Indian,” Crockett Herring said. “We were down 29-16 at half.”
Southeast made a run in the third quarter, cutting the deficit to two, but that proved as close as they came to seeing the lead.
“We missed some key shots and got into foul trouble, and they hit their free throws,” Crockett Herring said.
Southeast capped off the day with a 54-38 win over Shoshoni.
Sawyer Anderson got the ball rolling with six straight points to open the game.
The Cyclones never trailed in the game, pushing their lead to as many as 30-11 late in the second quarter.
Southeast’s lead reached its highest mark at 40-18 following a basket from senior Patrick Swank midway through the third quarter.
Sawyer Anderson led the Cyclones with 15 points, while sophomore Cord Herring added 11. Bodie Herring tossed in 10.
Southeast capped off the weekend with a 44-39 win over Little Snake River on Saturday afternoon.
No stats were available at press time.
“We did a lot of good things. We just need to get into basketball shape. That will help a lot,” Crockett Herring said. “As a whole, the first weekend of games, I’m pretty happy with where we are at. We have some things we need to work on, but we’ve improved every game.”
The Cyclones (3-1) will open the Dogger Classic at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, against Rock River. Southeast will also face Guernsey-Sunrise later that evening at 7:30 p.m. Southeast will wrap up the pre-Christmas schedule against Kaycee at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.