By Sara Welch | Correspondent
A tough defensive effort from Southeast secured a 61-45 Portage Trail Conference cross-division win for the Pirates on their home court against the Crestwood Red Devils on Tuesday night.
"We were real happy with our defense throughout the entire game," Southeast head coach Matt Dillon said. "We knew coming into the game it was going to be difficult to beat Crestwood because of their height.
"We were real proud of how our kids fought for four quarters. Playing two quarters tonight wasn't going to get it done. Playing three quarters tonight wouldn't have got it done. We had to play four quarters to beat Crestwood and our kids did everything we asked them," Dillon said.
Although he went scoreless for the night, Nate Simyak led the Pirates in their defensive effort pulling down nine rebounds and collecting four steals.
"Nate Simyak is a kid that when he was a freshman we weren't sure how much varsity we'd be getting out of Nate," Dillon said. "Now, Nate gives us tremendous effort every night. Tonight is a prime example of that."
"He doesn't score any points, yet he leads us in rebounding and he's defending every possession," Dillon said of Simyak.
The Red Devils managed to keep pace with the Pirates for much of the first quarter. Southeast managed to pull away from a tied score of 11-11 with 2:30 left before time expired. Jordan Krych started and ended the 9-2 run that put the Pirates ahead 20-13.
Krych finished as the high scorer with 22 points, which went along with his five rebounds and three steals.
Tightening down on defense, the Pirates only gave up four points to the Red Devils in the third quarter and gained an 11-point advantage before halftime.
Offensively, the Pirates knocked down five 3-pointers in the first half. Krych accounted for three of them and Trevor Norquest had two in the half, before finishing the game with four total.
Norquest finished with 16 points and seven rebounds.
"We had talked to the kids about taking good shots and moving the ball, and we did that tonight. More importantly than that, is we played very unselfish," Dillon said.
Lucas Bloom contributed 12 points for the Pirates.
Leading the Red Devils in scoring was Jimmy Quesenberry, who had 13 points. Jacob Klock added nine points. Trevor Sweet led on the boards with seven rebounds and also chipped in with eight points for Crestwood.