Boys Basketball: Tigers cruise to 3-0 start with 80-52 win over Unity

Saturday, December 1, 2012
Spencer's Matt Finnern drives to the basket over Unity Christian's Trevor Kauk on Friday, November 30 in Orange City. The Tigers took a early lead and won their third game of the season, beating the Knights 80-52. (Photo by Michael Fischer)

If points are what you like, Spencer produced more Friday night than they had in any game over at least the last two years. Playing their second game in as many nights, the Tiger boys didn't show any effects of the back-to-back as they won easily over Unity Christian in Orange City, 80-52.

Spencer improved to 3-0 after the first week of the season and got season-highs from Matt Finnern and Matthew Klemme, who both scored over 20 points. Finnern finished with 24 including 10-of-10 from the line, and Klemme had 22 points, five rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals in the win.

"Both guys are really confident right now," Spencer coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "Matt Finnern is really improving with his ability to get past defenders and with his jump shot. Matthew Klemme is never satisfied and is always working even though he's getting pulled and grabbed out there. He just keeps working and playing hard."

Spencer jumped out to an early lead despite being whistled for four early fouls which sent Tanner Morris and his replacement, Nigel Nielsen, to the bench with two fouls a piece in the first two minutes of the game.

Spencer led 22-12 after the first quarter and added another 22 in the second quarter for a 44-25 halftime lead.

The foul situation turned in Spencer's favor after the start, as Unity put Spencer in the bonus early in each half. The Tigers ended the game shooting 25-of-36 from the free throw line.

Spencer's defense limited Unity offensively, which included 3-of-16 from three. Unity's leading scorer coming into the game, Trevor Kauk, couldn't get anything going against Spencer as he shot 2-for-17 from the field and finished with eight points before fouling out early in the fourth quarter.

"We played much better man-to-man defense tonight," Petzenhauser said. "They didn't have a lot of uncontested shots."

Blake Altenhofen followed his 16-point effort Thursday with eight points and nine rebounds. Morris finished the game with 10 points. Jalen Ohnesorge scored four points with eight rebounds. Michael Gabhart hit two 3-pointers for six points and grabbed six rebounds.

While Kauk was held in check, Unity's Logan Schoonhoven carried the Knights (0-2) with 22 points, seven boards and three steals.

Spencer will open the home and Lakes schedule on Tuesday, Dec. 4, when it hosts Cherokee in a girls and boys doubleheader.



SPENCER: Matt Finnern 24, Matthew Klemme 22, Tanner Morris 10, Blake Altenhofen 8, Michael Gabhart 6, Nigel Nielsen 4, Jalen Ohnesorge 4, Weston Glienke 2.

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