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Loss to Spirit Lake costly for SL boys

Thursday, January 24, 2002

STORM LAKE - It was a costly loss in more ways than one for Storm Lake on Tuesday night.

For starters, the Tornadoes, one of the top teams in the Lakes Conference, suffered a 58-56 upset loss in overtime to Spirit Lake, one of the lower echelon teams in the league.

In addition, Storm Lake also lost its starting point guard and soul of the team, Jeff DeHaan, for the season.

DeHaan was chasing down a long pass at the end of regulation, couldn't catch up with it and ran into the wall, breaking his wrist in the process.

"I feel bad for him getting hurt," Storm Lake coach Tim Keigan said. "It's a tough way to end his senior year. He's a great leader and a great athlete. We're going to miss him big-time. We just need to move on and keep playing hard and keep up the expectations."

Spirit Lake's Marc Vincelli hit a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 50-all. Storm Lake missed two shots in the last 5 seconds in overtime in an attempt to tie the game.

Spirit Lake led 13-12 after the first quarter and 22-20 at halftime. It was 38-38 after three periods.

Scott Ellens scored 21 points to lead Storm Lake, now 5-3 in the league and 9-3 overall. DeHaan added 14 and Nick Skibsted nine.

Skibsted and Ellens each collected eight rebounds. Ellens handed out three assists, while Kurt Hanna and A.J. Spielman added two each. DeHaan charted four steals.

Storm Lake made 23 of 51 field goals for 45 percent. Spirit Lake was 21 of 34 for 62 percent.

Storm Lake was 1 of 10 from 3-point range while Spirit Lake was 7 of 11.

Vincelli scored 15 points to lead Spirit Lake. John Mackey added 12 and Mike Billings 10.

"The 3-point shooting was the difference," Keigan said. "They hit most of their 3-pointers in the third and fourth quarter. They did a nice job of being aggressive and taking us to the basket off the drive and getting easy buckets."

"Offensively, we are still a little bit out of sync," Keigan added. "We're passing up good 8 to 10-foot shots and looking hesitant out on the floor."

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