Second half struggles doomed the Tigers as they lost their second consecutive game Monday night in Rock Valley, 65-53. Spencer held a slim 33-32 lead at halftime but couldn't slow Rock Valley enough in the second half to stay within striking distance. Spencer scored just 20 points in the second half, a season low. Spencer falls to 7-3 on the season while Rock Valley improves to 6-4.
Rock Valley hurt Spencer with second-chance points and hustle plays in the second half as the Tigers couldn't convert the close-range attempts they did get inside.
"We just didn't do the things we've been doing all year," Spencer coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "We allowed too much dribble penetration to give them 6-8 footers, then when they missed, we weren't boxing out. All the little things we weren't doing tonight. There were opportunities there, we just didn't take advantage of them. The guys really feel like they let one get away."
Matthew Klemme scored a game-high 24 points and Matt Finnern scored 14 but were the only two Tigers in double figures. Rock Valley was led by Andrew Van Ginkel's 22.
The Tigers will be right back in action tonight (Tuesday) at home against Sheldon (10-1), who's coming off its first loss of the season, a 54-52 loss to Boyden-Hull on Friday night.
SPENCER SCORING: Matthew Klemme 24, Matt Finnern 14, Michael Gabhart 5, Blake Altenhofen 4, Tanner Morris 2, Nigel Nielsen 2, Jordon Plueger 2.