Spencer sputters in 2nd half

Saturday, January 26, 2013
Le Mars' Parker Rolfes tries to call timeout after battling Spencer's Blake Altenhofen for a loose ball Friday night in Spencer. The Bulldogs hammered Spencer in the second half, outscoring them 37-16 over the final two quarters to win 62-49 and beat the Tigers for the second time this year. (Photos by Zach Jevne)

Tiger boys led at half, couldn't maintain in 62-49 loss

The first half was shaping up to be another exciting, high-scoring Lakes Conference tilt between Spencer and Le Mars Friday night at the Field House in Spencer.

Unfortunately for Tiger fans, it was only the first half as Le Mars clamped down in the second half to halt Spencer's offensive attack to a stop in a 62-49 win. Despite leading 32-26 at the halftime break, Spencer only mustered 17 second-half points and gave up a back-breaking 21-0 run that stretched for nearly 10 minutes of game time in the third and fourth quarters.

Le Mars' Tyler Borchers locks in defensively on Spencer's Matthew Klemme, who was held to six points in a 62-49 loss to Le Mars at home Friday night.

Spencer had a 41-34 lead with 5:13 left in the third and wouldn't score again until 3:27 was left in the fourth quarter and the score was 55-43 with 2:57 left in the game.

"I thought they cranked it up and we couldn't match their intensity in the second half," Spencer coach Kory Petzenhauser said. "We had some guys let one play affect a string of plays instead of letting it go, and we can't do that to be successful. When we start to go a few possessions without getting good looks, that's when we have to buckle down and run through our offense without getting too panicked. They set the tone and had us back on our heels."

Spencer got 15 points from Matt Finnern to lead the Tigers, while Blake Altenhofen and Michael Gabhart each added 11. Leading scorer Matthew Klemme was limited to just six points in the game, which included some foul trouble for the senior forward. Klemme had 30 points in the 86-80 loss at Le Mars in double overtime on Dec. 14.

Jake Irwin led Le Mars with 16 points, Tyler Borchers scored 14 and Kyle Dolph added 12. The Bulldogs improved to 11-4 and 9-2 in the Lakes. Spencer falls to 11-5 and 8-3 in conference play.

The Tigers will travel to Storm Lake on Tuesday to face the Tornadoes.


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SPENCER: Matt Finnern 15, Michael Gabhart 11, Blake Altenhofen 11, Matthew Klemme 6, Tanner Morris 6.

LE MARS: Jake Irwin 16, Tyler Borchers 14, Kyle Dolph 12, Parker Rolfes 8, Gabe Rahn 5, Brendan Collins 5, Colan Borchers 2.

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  • We were out coached!!

    -- Posted by olmanhawk on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 10:18 PM
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