Tigers take down Midgets, 51-32

Saturday, January 19, 2013
Spencer's Matt Finnern fires a jumper over Estherville Lincoln Central's Derek Nieland and Tyler Swanson at the Field House in Spencer on Friday, Jan. 18. The Tigers earned their 10th win of the season with a 51-32 victory. (Photos by Michael Fischer)

Tough defense gets Spencer boys win No. 10

Spencer's Blake Altenhofen goes up for a layup despite tight defense by Estherville Lincoln Central's Matt Burrell Friday, Jan. 18 at the Field House in Spencer. Altenhofen's layup gave the Tigers an early 9-0 lead and they would go on to win, 51-32. Altenhofen finished with 10 points.

The Tigers sputtered slightly in the second quarter but it didn't prevent them from reaching their 10th win of the season with a 51-32 victory over Estherville Lincoln Central Friday, Jan. 18 in Spencer.

The Tigers started quickly, jumping out to a 12-1 lead, but as the second quarter winded down, ELC had cut the lead to 17-16. Spencer got a few points in the last minute of the first half to lead 21-16 at intermission and controlled the second half of the game to improve to 7-2 in the Lakes Conference and 10-4 overall.

"As good as we were mentally last week against Spirit Lake, tonight we were just out there," Spencer coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "We weren't real focused in the second quarter, but we got a lot better in the second half. It's hard to have your best performance every night but it's still a great win for us."

Spencer held ELC (6-10, 3-6 Lakes) to 11-of-37 shooting from the field and Matt Burrell was the only Midget over four points. The senior guard finished with a game-high 15 points, but ELC could only get six on the board in the fourth quarter.

"We did a nice job and created some turnovers when we turned up the pressure," Petzenhauser said.

Matthew Klemme led Spencer with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Blake Altenhofen added 10 points inside. The senior forwards were a combined 9-of-11 on field goals for the Tigers. Altenhofen also added five rebounds and four assists.

Spencer outscored the Midgets 30-16 in the second half and currently are on a three-game winning streak. The Tigers hit 5-of-14 from three in the win and were 12-of-14 from the line. They connected on 17-of-37 field goals.

The Tigers will host Emmetsburg this upcoming Tuesday, Jan. 22, and will host Le Mars next Friday, Jan. 25.



SPENCER: Matthew Klemme 14, Blake Altenhofen 10, Tanner Morris 8, Matt Finnern 7, Michael Gabhart 6, Nigel Nielsen 3, Weston Glienke 3.

ELC: Matt Burrell 15, Adam Reiter 4, Derek Nieland 3, Tyler Swanson 3, Tucker Milburn 3, Evan Hansen 2, Joe Heinrichs 2.

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