SPIRIT LAKE - After leading the entire second half, the Storm Lake boys saw Spirit Lake's Trevor Smith nail a three to force overtime in the final minute of the fourth, and the Indians would get the better of the Tornadoes in the extra frame, sending Storm Lake to their third loss in a row, 62-58.
"It's a disappointment," said Storm Lake head coach Bob Grant. "We competed for 36 minutes. We'd like to have a few things back in each one of the quarters. We made some errors we really didn't need to make."
Smith and Paul Brown would combine for the first five points of overtimes, but Storm Lake answered with five of their own as Ethan Kenkel got three the unconventional way, and Nic Seaman knocked down two at the line to make it 56-apiece.
Smith got to the line for two more with 55 seconds to go and calmly knocked down the pair. On the Tornadoes' ensuing possession, Jay Grant's pass for Aaron Krier sailed for a turnover, forcing SL to send Alec Henrickson to the line, where he knocked down two more for a four-point lead.
Kenkel answered with two free-throws, his seventh and eighth in a row, and the Tornadoes had a chance to level the score and Kouny Deng came up with a steal, but he missed the lay-up and was called for a foul attempting to claim the rebound.
Brown missed on the front end of the one-and-one to keep the Tornadoes alive as Kenkel was sent back to the line with two seconds left. He missed the front end, and his intentional miss on the second shot missed the rim, sending the ball back to the Indians. Smith closed out the game at the line for SP-L, hitting two for the 62-58 final.
Kenkel led SL with 20 points and seven rebounds. Krier totaled 10 points, Deng nine, Seaman seven and Grant six.
Brown led the Indians with 17. Smith had 16 and Henrickson 13. They improve to 10-5 on the year and 4-5 in the Lakes, pulling even with the Tornadoes, who sit at 5-8 overall.
"I'm proud," said Grant. "We competed against a really quality team. We made some big plays. We were in position to make some more. We make a few more plays and we win that game. We just didn't happen to get that one little break we needed to get over the hump. This is going to make us stronger."
Storm Lake remains on the road Tuesday night at Estherville-Lincoln Central (6-10).