Whew! Trojans rally big, nip Eagles

BLAIRSBURG – With his team trailing winless Southeast Webster-Grand 31-11 late in the second quarter last night, Northeast Hamilton boys’ basketball coach John Seiser had many words and phrases running through his mind.

“You can’t print any of it, that’s for sure,” Seiser said.

Luckily for Seiser, and his players, things improved.

The Trojans ended the half on an 11-0 run and then made a final push in the fourth period to slingshot past the Eagles for a 56-51 victory.

NEH (8-10) trailed 43-38 going into the final quarter and then outscored Southeast Webster-Grand 18-8.

Logan Seiser scored nine of his 16 points over the final 8 minutes. Noah Ronnfeldt led the Trojans with 24 points.

Ronnfeldt and Seiser pulled down 11 and nine rebounds, respectively. Gabe Rapp added nine points and nine boards.

“In the fourth quarter, we really just tried to create a two-man game with Logan and Noah,” John Seiser said.

So, the $25,000 question: What the heck happened in the first half?

“This is the first time we’ve done anything since last Friday because of the weather and that’s exactly how we looked,” John Seiser said. “We were out of sync on everything; we weren’t rebounding, we weren’t playing defense and we weren’t scoring. But to (SEW-G’s) credit, they were knocking down shots. They were just hitting everything.”

Curt Castenson drained five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 17 points for the Eagles (0-18). Nolan Mitchell pitched in 16.

NEH played without valuable contributor Stephen Chamness, who left the premises prior to tip-off with the chicken pox.

Up next for the Trojans will be a non-conference test against Belmond-Klemme Tuesday night.