Boys Basketball: Tigers rout Cherokee, now 4-0

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Spencer junior Tanner Morris drives to the basket during Tuesday's 67-36 win over Cherokee. Morris had 17 points as the Tigers opened Lakes Conference play with a win and improved to 4-0 on the season. (Photo by Zach Jevne)

Matthew Klemme scored 25 points and Tanner Morris added 17 more as the Spencer Tigers opened Lakes Conference play with a 67-36 win over Cherokee Tuesday night at Spencer Field House.

The Tigers are now 4-0 on the season and have won each game by an average of 32 points. The closest game so far this season was a 55-37 win over Newell-Fonda.

Spencer led 37-24 at halftime and only allowed 12 points to Cherokee (0-4) in the second half.

"We were allowing too deep of dribble penetration, we were just a step slow in the first half," head coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "We were much better defensively in the second half."

Klemme scored his season-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the line, and grabbed six rebounds. Morris added four rebounds, four assists and two blocks to his season-high 17.

Blake Altenhofen scored eight points with five rebounds and two assists. Nigel Nielsen scored eight points with three assists and four steals off the bench.

The Tigers will now begin playing nearly all Lakes Conference games until the start of February, with two non-conference games against Rock Valley and Sheldon in January. The close the season with two non-conference games as well.

"Now that we're into the conference season, people are going to start getting film on us and start to plan against what we'll do," Petzenhauser said. "We've got to make sure we're very efficient."

The 4-0 start is the best under Petzenhauser and currently has Spencer ranked 10th in the AP poll this week, including a No. 1-vote.

"The first week with three is very hard to come out of 3-0. We thought we'd be in good position at this point. The tough part of our schedule will start the 14th," Petzenhauser said.

The game on Dec. 14 is at defending Lakes champions Le Mars. Spencer takes on Estherville Lincoln Central on the road Friday night and plays at Emmetsburg on Tuesday, Dec. 11.



SPENCER SCORING: Matthew Klemme 25, Tanner Morris 17, Blake Altenhofen 8, Nigel Nielsen 8, Matt Finnern 4, Jalen Ohnesorge 2, Caleb Heisinger 2, Chris Anderson 1.

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