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Tigers hold on to edge SLHS boys in 2 OT, 66-60

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Spencer outscored the Storm Lake High boys basketball team 9-3 in the second overtime period here Friday night en route to a 66-60 Lakes Conference win in two overtimes.

Tornado guard Mitch McCabe canned a long three with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in the second OT period to get SLHS within 61-60. Spencer put the game away with five straight points.

Dan Johnson led Spencer with a game-high 18 points and Chris Lensing added 17.

Matt Huseman led the Tornadoes with 16 points, while senior post player Aaron Clausen added 11 and Dak Ngut ten.

In the first quarter, the Tigers vaulted to a 19-11 lead, only to see Huseman score the final eight points of the quarter for a tie at 19 after one frame.

Storm Lake was down for much of the second quarter as well, but went on a 9-0 run capped by Huseman's three-pointer. The Tornadoes trailed just 33-32 at the half.

Both teams scored ten points in the third quarter as Spencer led 43-42 after three frames.

Both teams had chances to win in the last 30 seconds. The Tigers missed a shot from inside the paint with about 30 seconds left, and the Tornadoes corralled the rebound.

On the other end, the Tornadoes also missed with about two seconds left, and the Tigers missed a halfcourt shot at the buzzer with the score tied at 52 after regulation.

In the first overtime, Spencer took the early advantage, taking a 57-53 lead. The Tornadoes scored the next four points, all on free throws. SLHS post player Jordan Carlson tied the game at 57 with just 22.2 seconds remaining. Neither team was able to break the tie in the first OT.

Storm Lake is at Cherokee in another Lakes Conference game tonight.

Aurelia 58,

Laurens-Marathon 53

On the strength of big second and third quarters, Aurelia gained this confernence win.

Laurens-Marathon led 17-15 after one quarter, but outscored Laurens-Marathon 16-12 to take a 31-29 lead at the half.

The Bulldogs increased their lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Chargers 14-8 to take a 45-37 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Laurens-Marathon held a 16-13 advantage in the fourth quarter before falling five points short.

Jacob Bruce led the Bulldogs with 22 points, but was the only Aurelia player in double figures. Tanner Winterhof and Gabe Fuller each netted eight points.

"We played just good enough to win," Aurelia coach Grant Peckenschneider said. "We had some balanced scoring and hit our free throws down the stretch.

"Jacob and Tanner each hit two big free throws late and we are now just one gaame under .500," Peckenschneider added.

Fuller pulled down 10 rebounds while Jacob and Jared Bruce each totaled there steals.

The Bulldogs hit 21 of 36 from two-point range, three of nine from three-point range and seven of 15 free throws.

Sioux Central 56

Pomeroy-Palmer 40

The Sioux Central boys basketball team outscored conference opponent Pomeroy-Palmer 34-13 in the first half, then cruised the rest of the way for a 56-40 win.

The Rebels led 14-5 after one quarter and outscored the Knights 20-8 in the second frame for the 21-point edge at the break. Sioux Central led 39-23 at the last quarter break.

"We were able to force the tempo all night and played a great pace for us," Sioux Central coach Chris Wildeman said. "We were able to score quick, easy baskets because we pushed tempo so well."

Justin Ferguson led the Rebels with 12 points and three rebounds. Mike Britton pitched in with 10 points and five rebounds.

Sioux Central, which improved to 10-6 overall and to 8-4 in Northwest Conference play, hit 16 of 23 two-field goal attempts and four of 18 three point shots.

Both teams took advantage of their foul shots, as the Rebels made 12 of 19 and Pomeroy-Palmer 15 of 22.

They also had a big edge on the boards, outrebounding the Knights 37-21.

The teams took good care of the ball, with P-P turning the ball over 13 timed and the Rebels 15.

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