LINCOLN — Seward starts two 6-foot-7 players, a 6-5, a 6-4 and a 6-2 — the tallest team in Class B — yet it tried more 3-pointers than twos in losing its season opener.

The Bluejays were much better in attacking the basket Tuesday night in their 66-48 win at Lincoln Christian.

Class B preseason No. 6 Seward attempted 28 2-pointers and 17 3-pointers Tuesday against the Crusaders after going 3 for 21 on treys and trying 17 two-pointers in its 51-40 loss Thursday at Hastings.

“We didn’t like the taste of that and neither did the boys,’’ Seward coach Mark Cidlik said. “We beat a really good, high quality team tonight. They’re going to win a lot of games and have a lot of success.

“Our boys answered the bell on the road. It’s a tough environment here, a great place to play high school basketball.”

Seward’s all-senior lineup has Nate Lliteras and Kelly Vyhnalek at 6-7, Derek Holtorf at 6-5, Brett Meyer at 6-4 and Joseph Krause at 6-2. Their length resulted in eight steals.

“It caused us problems, but we can’t do anything about their length,’’ Christian coach Gary Nunnally said. “We can do something about how we’re attacking it and how we’re sharing the basketball.

“They are hard to defend because of their size and how they shoot it. If you can’t contain the dribble, then you’re going to give up an open shot.”

Meyer finished strong, scoring nine of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter. The Jays had four double-digit scorers: Lliteras had 16 points, Holtorf 11 points to go with nine rebounds and Krause 10 points.

“We talk about five guys touching the ball on every possession,’’ Cidlik said. “When we do, we look pretty good. And when we don’t we look below average.”

They put the Crusaders in an early hole with a 12-2 run in the first quarter while Lincoln Christian’s tallest player, 6-4 junior Justin Bubak, sat down with his second foul. He finished with 13 points. Ashton Carlson led Christian with 17 points and Caleb Canfield had 14.

“That was a poorly coached basketball team,’’ Nunnally said. “We played selfish and didn’t share the basketball. We go on a little bit of a run and cut it to nine (twice in the fourth quarter), and thought we fought back hard, then we go back to playing one-on-one basketball. You’re not going to beat good teams that way.”

 The coach was also disappointed in the way his preseason No. 2 team in Class C-1 played in losing in overtime to C-2 No. 4 Freeman over the weekend.

“We shot 2 of 22 from the 3-point line. Why? Because we’re taking contested shots,’’ Nunnally said. “And Freeman shot 12-of-19 because they were getting open looks. We’re going to have to get that figured out.”

Seward (1-1)..........................18 19 12 17—66

At Lincoln Christian (1-2)..........9 13 11 15—48

S: Brett Meyer 20, Nate Lliteras 16, Derek Holtorf 11, Joseph Krause 10, Bryson Janousek 5, Carson Tvrdy 3, Kelly Vyhnalek 1.

LC: Ashton Carlson 17, Caleb Canfield 14, Justin Bubak 13, Creighton Kuszak 2, Gavin McGerr 2.

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